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Catalog Number 2011.035.002
Object Name Telegram
Scope & Content Photocopy of two1918 partial telegrams found in wall of Tower Cottage, 5185 South Shore Dr. (home of Stella Spring) Guemes Island. The first cablegram being sent to General John J. Pershing from the Shipping Board Chairman. The second is in answer from General Pershing to the Shipping Board Chairman, Edward N. Hurley

#2011.035.001: Sent to General John J. Pershing


June 26, 1918

General John J. Pershing,
Address deleted by censor

Not delaying a single ship but by speeding to the utmost, the American
Shipyards will launch nearly one hundred ships on July 4. On this day,
celebrating nation's independence and backing up boys in the trenches,
the men in the shipyards will launch 475,000 deadweight tons, as much as
was launched in six months last year. Your inspiring leadership of the
American Army in France has thrilled the shipyard workers, and if the
time comes when you need even the ship, ..d men over there, they will go
to the last man. We want you and the …n the trenches to know that
the men in the yards are going the limit to provide in record-breaking
time the ships that will carry more men, food and munitions …..
trepid American Expeditionary Forces.

#2011.035.002: from General Pershing to the Shipping Board Chairman, Edward N. Hurley

Western Union

June 27
Edward N. Hurley Chairman

US Shipping Board Washington DC

The launching of nearly 100 ships on the fourth of July is the most inspiring news that has come to us all ranks of the army in France. Send their congratulations and heartfelt thanks to their patriotic brothers in the shipyards at home no more defiant answer could be given to the enemy's challenge with such backing. We cannot fail to win all hail American ship builders.
Caption WWI telegram - Gen'l Pershing to U.S. Shipping Board
Date 1918 June 26
People PERSHING, John J., General
HURLEY, Edward N.
Search Terms World War I
Sloan Shipyards
Guemes Island
U. S. Shipping Board
Subjects Disaster - War
Industry - Boat Building
Maritime - Boat