File No. 863.852/202a

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai ( Sammons)


You are authorized to sign charter parties vessels China and Silesia as agent United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, and to have marine survey made. Cable Department whether crews will be Chinese. Shipping Board plans employ these vessels Pacific trade for North and South America for present, but desires to make sure that no arrangement with crews prevents vessels being used North Atlantic if desired.

Department instructed Minister Reinsch by telegraph December 283 to authorize you to sign charter parties China and Silesia.

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