800.8836/797: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba (Braden) to the Secretary of State

336. Embassy’s telegram No. 312, May 14, 8 p.m. Local agent of car ferry has just been notified that ferries will be delivered to Navy [Page 353] on arrival at Port Everglades and will make no further trips. This of course is very serious blow to Cuba’s economy and in my opinion renders it imperative that the sea service not only be maintained but the transfer of its operations to Boca Grande, Florida, be urgently undertaken. Also if possible return by War Department of seatrains to this latter service now becomes of utmost importance.