CHAPTER 41
OVERSEAS SUPPLIES DURING THE THIRD YEAR

There can be no more telling evidence of the difficulties of the C.R.B. during its third year than the statistics of our ship arrivals in Rotterdam and our losses en route. With about 120,000 tons of supplies the drastic minimum need for Belgium and Northern France, the monthly figures became a grim and graphic record of the unlimited submarine war, the world shortage of ships and food, and the heroic efforts of our staff. Above all, they indicate the privations of the Belgians and Northern French.

Our third-year monthly deliveries to Rotterdam from overseas were:


From November 1, 1916 to the Unlimited Submarine War
November 1916 65,494 tons
December 1916 70,458 tons
January 1917 90,019 tons

From the Unlimited Submarine War to the United States
Declaration of War
February 1917 24,294 tons
March 1917 10,116 tons

From the United States Declaration of War to November 1, 1917
April 1917 61,719 tons
May 1917 19,742 tons
June 1917 133,520 tons
July 1917 33,946 tons
August 1917 43,473 tons
September 1917 73,128 tons
October 1917 98,266 tons
Total 724,175 tons

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