Air-Conditioned Ocean

With a weather eye on competition from the air, the 78-year-old Grace Line announced its newly designed passenger ship for its postwar services to Latin America. The new $3,500,000 ships, of which Grace has ordered a fleet of nine, will be 13,900-ton combination cargo and passenger vessels. They will carry 52 passengers v. 225 in the biggest of the prewar Grace "Santa" liners.

Passengers in the new ships will be coddled with air-conditioned cabins with private baths, plenty of deck space, swimming pools, and a weekly service (v. the prewar fortnightly schedule) to the Panama Canal and down the west coast...

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