Faster Libertys in '44

Planning well ahead for next year, Maritime Commissioner Admiral Emory S. Land last week explained to the House Appropriations Committee the details of his $5 billion budget to finance the streamlined 1944 shipbuilding program. For this sum Shipbuilder Land promised 2,161 new and faster ships.

Quantitatively this is no more than shipyards, now approaching their maxima of slightly better than five ships a day, will deliver in 1943. But qualitatively Land's program—if it pans out—will represent a big improvement over this year's record. Half of the 2,000-odd ships planned for 1944 are to be faster (15 knots), costlier (over $40...

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