SHIPBUILDING: Deathrate & Birthrate

Britain's 18,000,000-ton merchant marine, largest in the world, is sinking. Best unofficial estimates in Washington are that British losses were at the rate of 72,000 gross tons a week in November, more than 80,000 tons a week since, a total of about 2,500,000 tons since beginning of the war. Since England's highest hopes for her own new shipbuilding program are only 1,350,000 tons a year, less than a third the present rate of sinkings, ships stand high on the British must-have list.

Last October a British shipping mission came to the U. S. with instructions to work fast....

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