394.1153 Feiting/3: Telegram

The Commander in Chief of the United States Asiatic Fleet (Yarnell) to the Chief of Naval Operations (Leahy)19

0001. Following letter sent Vice Admiral Hasegawa, commanding Japanese Fleet in China: [Page 386]

“1 December 1937. My Dear Admiral Hasegawa: About 1400 on 30 November the Japanese naval landing forces boarded the steamship Feiting, owned by the China Foreign Steamship Corporation, a company registered at the American Consulate General, and took charge of the craft. They pulled down the American flag which the craft was flying and turned over the document regarding ownership of the craft to another vessel at the Kinlee Yuen wharf at the French Bund, at which wharf the steamship Feiting alongside.

I desire to protest strongly this seizure of American property and the action of Japanese authorities in lowering the American flag over any property without reference to the American Consulate General, and shall make representations to my Government regarding this matter.

Very respectfully,

H. E. Yarnell,
Admiral United States Navy,
Commander-in-Chief U. S. Asiatic Fleet.”

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department.