Last week the United States Lines found itself in the happy position of a man who is about to be permitted to turn in a hopeless jalopy and get a new car for a quarter of the list price—the jalopy to be accepted as part payment. The U. S. Maritime Commission asked shipyards for bids on a new flagship of the U. S. Merchant Marine, to be built to the Commission's specifications for U. S. Lines. The winning bid is expected to be about $16,000,000. Under the current arrangement, United States Lines will...

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