File No. 862.85/96
The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Cuba ( Gonzales)
Washington, July 9, 1917, 6 p.m.
Your July 2, 1 p.m.3 Ships in question should be turned over to the United States Shipping Board to be operated by it with the other tonnage under its control. Shipping Board requests detailed [Page 308] statement of amount of money paid or contracted for repairs by the Cuban Government and also statement of all other liens against ships in addition to liens of Lykes Brothers. Shipping Board states that when vessels are taken over all proper bills will be met.