The Shipping Bottleneck I. The Size of the Problem

Straight, Michael
May 1942
New Republic;5/25/42, Vol. 106 Issue 21, p721
Focuses on impediments faced by the U.S. in shipping. Utilization of ships including Western Light in war efforts; Creation of the War Shipping Administration under Admiral Emory S. Land; Issuance of clear directives to any shipping administration demands an overall plan for the use of available ships; Absence of any well defined directives to the Maritime Commission, which the Interdepartmental Priorities Committee empowered to issue, tobacco and rugs continued to flow in from Turkey when chrome and medicinal opium were needed; Import of bananas by a United Fruit fleet; Requisition of all merchant ships by Maritime Commission; Purpose of Maritime Commission to give out helpful mail contract to aid in the construction of a liner to keep alive a small and struggling merchant marine; Need for an agency to control foreign trade.


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