U.S. At War: 10,000 X 10,000

The Maritime Commission met the gigantic need for ships by multiplying an already fabulous assignment. Last week the Commission let contracts for 258 more merchant ships. Week before, the Commission upped its schedule to 20,000,000 vital tons, 1,800 cargo vessels, almost as big a tonnage as that of the entire pre-war British Fleet—to be built in two years.

Out of one of the Maritime Commission's offices in Washington, presided over by Rear Admiral Emory Land, poured plans, surveys, orders, contracts. The history of World War I shipping was the effort to revive...

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