National Defense: Bottom Roundup

Ships for defense and ships for Britain—to get them both, the U.S. last week stripped its merchant marine to the bone:

> The Maritime Commission's Rear Admiral Emory Scott Land announced that in about a week the Commission had commandeered for the Army and Navy 28 U.S. merchant vessels. Totaling 310,000 tons and headed by the flossy S.S. America (TIME, June 9), the new additions brought recruit merchant tonnage for the services since the emergency began to better than 500,000 tons—none too many to carry materials and about 190,000 men to the far-flung...

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