The Merchant Marine Problem

Archive Report

The current controversy between the Shipping Board and president Goolidge points to the necessity for a redefinition of American shipping policy by Congress. No effective solution of the larger problem reflected in this controversy appears possible until Congress either modifies the aims set out in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 or provides adequate means for developing and maintaining “a privately-owned merchant marine sufficient to carry the greater portion of the foreign commerce of the United States.” The means provided to this end in the legislation of five years ago have thus far proved wholly inadequate to the purpose.

The fundamental question which sooner or later will confront Congress in its dealing with the shipping problem, from whatever angle it may be attacked at the ...

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