July 23, 1942.
Yesterday the Cuban SS Libertad, arrived
with twenty-survivors from the British M/V Athelknight O.N.161143
of Liverpool, and from the British M/V Anglo Canadian O.N. 160529,
of London, who were embarked at St Kitts, B.W.I., for transhipment
to a U.S. Naval Transport, which conveys them to a port in the
For reasons unknown to me, neither Captain
H Roberts, of the Athelknight, nor Captain D.J. Williams, of the
Anglo Canadian, were furnished with the usual Conveyance Order for
the Consular Officer at port of landing to take these men in
charge. In consequence, Officers and men were hurdled together on
the “Libertad” at St Kitts and dealt with accordingly when
transferred to the Naval Transport here last night.
In order to remedy this situation, I
hereby request you to take these 72 survivors in charge, upon
landing at your port, for onward conveyance to a proper port in
the United Kingdom, or disposal otherwise.
A list of the two above crews is attached
hereto and made a part hereof.
All the above are proceeding by U.S. Naval
Transport and are still under the charge of their respective
Bill for their subsistence and
accommodation, in accordance with their respective ranks, will be
rendered by the Commanding Officer of the conveying Transport, and
you may pay it, or pass it on to this post for settlement from
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
H.M. Consul, at port of Landing.