867N.55/194

The Consul at Jerusalem ( Steger ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1042

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my telegram of August 10, 12 noon, of which a confirmation copy is enclosed.

On August 10th, I received from Mr. A. G. Embiricos, owner of the S/S Liesel, a letter, duly authenticated by the Consulate General at Athens, requesting that I discharge Captain Basil Vucashinowitz, and appoint Mr. John Mamais as Master of the vessel.

It was known to me that the vessel in question was held at Haifa as security for a fine of LP1000 imposed by the District Court at Jaffa [Page 797] upon the Master; and upon inquiry I learned that the Palestine Government was ready to lodge an appeal from the judgment of the District Court, demanding confiscation of the vessel. For this reason I informed the owner of the vessel that I would take no action until the status of the vessel was clarified.

I now have the honor to inform the Department that in the hearing held yesterday, August 14, the Court of Appeals ordered the confiscation of the S/S Liesel. There is no appeal from the judgment, except to the Privy Council in London.

Under the circumstances I am informing the former owner of the vessel that no action is being taken on his request.

Respectfully yours,

Christian T. Steger