300.115(39)/13: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

2560. Embassy’s telegram 2475, October 14, 3 p.m. Representatives of the Southern States Lines reported yesterday that steamers Nashaba and West Hobomac had not yet been released from Havre by the French blockade authorities and that the port was becoming congested by American cotton ships. Furthermore the contraband committee, which had shown readiness to cooperate, stated that its action was becoming purely advisory and that the Admiralty was making all decisions. Ship agents reported ships cleared by Admiralty 21st but no orders were received by Admiralty office, Havre, on 23d.

The Naval Attaché this morning reviewed the facts with Admiralty officials and requested prompt expedition of all blockade questions affecting American ships. At noon word was received from the agent that the ships had already been released. The Embassy also sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting prompt decision by the blockade authorities on all questions affecting American ships.