SHIPPING: Out of Commission

The 18,000-ton S.S. LaGuardia, which has cost the U.S. $10,050,000, will soon be laid up at the dock. The Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service, which has been operating the liner, announced last week that it is turning the ship back to the Maritime Administration.

Built by the Government during the war, the LaGuardia carried troops and war brides for four years, then went completely out of service. In 1949, the Maritime Administration spent $4,700,000 converting her to a commercial passenger liner and chartered her to American Export Lines. But American Export found the LaGuardia too expensive to operate. With a total...

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