300.115(39)/101: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Kennedy ) to the Secretary of State

2333. Department’s No. 1372, November 4, 2 p.m. Ministry Economic Warfare has furnished list 36 detentions of American vessels brought up to November 8. The list gives only the date of arrival at port of control, destination of the vessel, nature of the cargo carried [Page 806] such as “large mixed cargo” and a general statement such as “after preliminary enquiries and decisions vessel free to depart after September 24 on undertaking given by American steamship lines agency that certain items would be returned to Great Britain if necessary”. List is being forwarded by mail. List covers following steamers: Black Condor, Black Eagle (two voyages), Black Falcon, Black Gull, Black Hawk, Black Heron, Black Osprey (two voyages), Black Tern, Collingsworth, Cranford, Ethan Allen, Exminster, Exporter, Gateway City, Hybert, Lehigh (two voyages), Liberator, Manhattan, Meamticut, Oakman, Patrick Henry, President Hayes, Saccarappa, Scanpenn, Scanstates, Shickshinny, Sundance, Tampa, Tulsa, Wacosta, Warrior, West Tacock, Yaka. Ministry state that hereafter a statement will be furnished weekly.83

  1. Other lists not printed. See tabulations issued by the Department of State showing American vessels reported as having been detained by the belligerents since September 1, 1939, Department of State Bulletin, November 18, 1939, p. 557; December 2, 1939, p. 612; and December 16, 1939, p. 696.