800.8836/856a: Airgram

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

A–21. The Department is informed that the War Department now contemplates the removal of the Seatrain New Jersey from United States-Cuban service.

However, arrangements are being completed for the transfer at the expense and risk of the Seatrain Lines of the Seatrain terminal facilities from Hoboken to Port Everglades, Florida, to accommodate the Seatrain New Orleans, which will inaugurate a service to Cuba, from that port. This transfer would not, of course, preclude the removal of the Seatrain New Orleans for use by the armed forces should circumstances warrant.