Sail On: The Story of the American Merchant Marine

Sail On: The Story of the American Merchant Marine

Sail On: The Story of the American Merchant Marine

Sail On: The Story of the American Merchant Marine

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Every American knows that World War II could not have been won without the great merchant fleet built in our country and manned by American seamen. The men and materials carried by these vessels to every fighting front were decisive factors in bringing complete victory.

An adequate merchant marine is no less necessary to our country in peace than it was in war.

The economic well-being of our nation depends upon the size, speed, and modernness of the ships in the merchant fleet we maintain.

To protect our high position among nations and meet our share of responsibility in building a lasting world peace a strong American merchant marine is essential.

Unless they are fully informed concerning this vital subject, it is unreasonable to expect, now or in the future, that American citizens will demand that an adequate peacetime merchant fleet be maintained.

Much information concerning current developments is made available in daily newspapers and magazines. But such information is incomplete and sometimes biased. It tells us little about the achievements and failures of the past. Few of us have the time to dig through thick and dusty tomes for information.

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