Business: Manhattan Drafted

The U.S. Army Transport Service last week announced its largest induction to date: the 24,289-ton liner Manhattan, chartered (for $2,000 a day plus $300 war-risk insurance) from U.S. Lines. Brooklyn shipyard workers are repairing her bottom (injured by the Florida sand bar on which she ran aground in January), installing extra bunks for troops, preparing her for her first Army voyage on June 18—through the Panama Canal to Hawaii with soldiers and materiel.

The Manhattan is the 28th passenger vessel to be taken over by Army or Navy in the past 17 months. Some others: U.S. Lines' Washington (sister to the Manhattan},...

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