File No. 763.72/12158

The Minister in Norway ( Schmedeman) to the Secretary of State


1325. There is a rumor that the Germans have been trying to sell their tonnage in Scandinavia. In this connection the British Chargé d’Affaires informs me that he has received instructions from the Government informally to advise the Norwegian Government that inasmuch as the question of tonnage will probably be discussed at the peace conference the British Government refuses to recognize any such transfer of German tonnage.