The U.S. Maritime Commission needs 40,000 more seamen and 10,000 more licensed officers to man the 1,200 new merchantmen which will slide down the ways in 1942-43. It will have to look alive to find them. With jobs in war industries beckoning him ashore, many a sailor has signed off, even though fat bonuses are offered for trips through belligerent waters.

To get the men and officers it wants, the Commission will largely rely on its training centers, which are supposed to turn out 10,500 salts a year, will have to do much better than that. Last week the Commission was...

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