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The Consul at Veracruz (Cochran) to the Secretary of State

No. 119

Sir: I have the honor to refer to despatch no. 97 from this office, dated April 2, 1940,5 reporting that the German tanker Tine Asmussen, [Page 412]which had been anchored for some time in the bay of Coatzacoalcos, had been bought by Mexico.

The local daily newspaper, El Dictamen, today carries a short news item from Coatzacoalcos, dated April 22, reporting that the Mexican flag was raised on the vessel at 3 o’clock that day and that it had been given the name of Juan Casiano. It is reported that the new Mexican tanker is the largest of the ships belonging to Petroleos Mexicanos. It is believed that the implications of this transfer of the title of a German ship are well known to the Department.

Respectfully yours,

William P. Cochran, Jr.
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