TRUCKING: By Land & by Sea

To the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington last week went an unusual application. The McLean Trucking Co. of Winston-Salem, N.C., the South's biggest, wanted permission to go to sea, build ships, and expand into a $50 million land-sea transportation service between Southern and Eastern ports. McLean's reason: highway transportation costs have shot up 50% since 1940, and the company wants a cheaper way of hauling freight.

McLean, which operates 1,425 trucks and trailers and 37 terminals all along the East Coast and last year grossed $19.2 million, has in mind a system similar to the "sea trains" used by the railroads...

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