Behind the Eight Ball

The entire U.S. shipping program was under scrutiny and attack last week.

Back from London, Presidential Adviser Harry Hopkins talked about a "real" shipping pool. He apparently meant a plan to bring all U.S. and British vessels, the ships of all other United Nations too, under one single control, because the so-called Combined Shipping Pool, of which Rear Admiral Emory S. Land is chief, had failed to combine, had failed to coordinate, had failed to move the stuff of war.

Shipping officials, critics said, have used cargo space poorly. Joe Curran, chief of C.I.O.'s...

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