793.94112/418: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan ( Grew ) to the Secretary of State

234. Department’s 15, January 9, 7 p.m., Embassy’s 66, January 14, 6 p.m.99 Motor vessel Estelle L. 1

A reply has been received from the Foreign Office in regard to this case affirming the right of the Japanese Navy to seize the ship and stating that the vessel’s violation of the blockade was open and intentional. The American authorities are asked to extend greater cooperation to the Japanese local authorities in cases of this nature.

Sent to the Department via Shanghai. Shanghai please repeat to Chungking, Peiping.

  1. Neither printed.
  2. For correspondence concerning this vessel, see Foreign Relations, 1940, Vol. iv, pp. 531559, passim.