World Battlefronts: The Curves Must Cross

Ship replacements are still behind sinkings. So declared cold, careful Admiral Harold H. ("Betty") Stark, who commands U.S. naval operations in European waters, in London last week. Said Admiral Stark: "When the curve of new construction of ships crossed the curve of sinkings [in World War I], we felt the war had been won—and the same must be done again."

Ships were still being sunk at an unhealthy rate. That they were being sunk in unhealthy places was indicated in a Navy Department announcement late last week. Three medium-sized U.S. vessels...

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