Anchors Aweigh

Before the U.S. can have a fleet of postwar passenger liners, it must decide what types of ships it wants. Unlike British shipowners, who have wasted no time in placing orders for new ships, U.S. shipping men have dawdled over design, speed and size. So last week the U.S. Maritime Commission weighed anchor.

What the Maritime Commission proposed was to build eleven large, modern passenger liners. The fastest ships (29 knots) and largest (37,500 tons) would be assigned to the long transpacific service, would cut in half the prewar turnaround time of 56 days to Manila and back.

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