Ducks or Dodos?

Last week the nation's shipyards celebrated National Maritime Day, anniversary of the Savannah's maiden trip in 1819—across the Atlantic with sails and steam-driven paddle wheels. The U.S. launched 27 vessels in Maritime Day's 24 hours. Whether Jerry Land's ships were ducks to be shot at or dodos doomed to extinction after the war by Grover Loening's air fleet, they were the immediate answer.

Up & down the East and West and Gulf Coasts they plopped into the water. In Boston optimistic Jerry Land spouted facts that could bring no joy to the...

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