SHIPPING: Keels for the Future

Last week in Quincy, Mass, the keel was laid for American Export Lines' Independence, biggest (20,000 tons) U.S. passenger liner to be built in a decade. She and a sister ship, the Constitution, will be built by the Bethlehem Steel Co. at a cost of $46,800,000 between them. They will carry 1,000 passengers apiece, and will be the first big passenger carriers to be air-conditioned from stem to stern. Operating between New York and Naples and Genoa, they will add 60,000 berths a year to Atlantic travel. They can be converted to...

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