Can We Build Enough Ships?

Gissen, Max
April 1941
New Republic;4/14/41, Vol. 104 Issue 15, p491
Focuses on financial losses suffered by the shipping sector in Great Britain during the World War II. Realization of the fact that even before the war there already existed a worldwide shipping shortage; Effect of the British shipping situation on the U.S.; Statement that possible replacement tonnage and the most optimistic estimate of deliveries of ships under construction show that the Empire and the U.S. together cannot hope to replace anything like the threatened losses; Assumption that Canada and Australia are rapidly building impressive merchant fleets; Report that the yards, under constant bombardment, are confronted with a terrific repair volume, which gets first attention, and the constant naval construction sharply limits the output of cargo vessels; Opinion that the American shipbuilding industry, with its considerable present capacity and vast possibilities for expansion, offers the chief hope for Great Britain; Need to create a joint British-American shipping board to integrate all available shipping into a single, efficient fleet; Effective convoying could almost eliminate the losses due to submarine attack, since the detection devices of the modern destroyer have far outstripped the advances in submarine technique.


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