The U. S. merchant marine may not have many ships in operation, but among them is the largest ship afloat, the 59,957-ton S. S. Leviathan of the United States Lines. The U. S. Lines are responsible to the U. S. Shipping Board, which is responsible to Congress, which is responsible to all the people.

Last week Skipper Herbert Hartley of the Leviathan, commercial commodore for all the people, resigned. He said he wanted a home ashore after 35 years at sea. He said he would go into the cotton business. To succeed...

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