War Trade Board Files: Japanese Tonnage Negotiations, Vol. II
The Representative of the British Ministry of Shipping ( Fisher) to the Chairman of the War Trade Board ( McCormick)
Dear Mr. McCormick: You will remember that on May 11 last I wrote to you officially in the sense that London desired to be free to charter Japanese vessels now that your negotiations with Japan are completed.
You replied on May 28th that you felt it better that the United States Government should continue to be the sole bidders for Japanese ships and this reply was communicated to London. It now appears that Japanese vessels have been offered for liner business to British ports and London feels that there is nothing to be gained by refusing permission to British firms to charter such vessels.
I spoke with Mr. Munson about this and he advised I should write officially to Mr. Hurley acquainting him with London’s views.
I take pleasure in enclosing a copy of my letter to Mr. Hurley for your information.
At our various conversations on this subject Mr. Munson gave me to understand that it was under consideration whether some of the Japanese vessels obtained by the United States Government as a result of their concessions to Japan should not be allocated to the other Associated Governments in the same manner that Great Britain allocates to France and Italy a share of such Norwegian vessels as she is able to control by reason of the special concessions made to Norway in the matter of British coal.
Nothing appears to have come of this proposal and it would seem that all the Japanese vessels secured by the United States Government are operating under their own exclusive control.