National Defense: Flivver Ships

Moored to a shipyard dock at Orange, Tex. last week lay a cargo vessel that may break the back of Adolf Hitler. She not only looked crazy—with a high flanged bow, a low stern, only one turret-like house amidships and five low hatches on her flush 270-ft. deck—but she broke most of the accepted rules of ship construction.

She has no keel. She has no ordinary propeller shaft. She has no costly marine engines. Fore & aft she is just a hollow shell for holding cargo. Her power plant consists of sixteen 110-h.p. Chrysler gasoline...

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