War......Men.....Ships

cshortridge73
4th August 2012, 14:35
WAR.....MEN....SHIPS AND MORE SHIPS....

ALONG CAME A WAR...THEN MEN TO FIGHT THE WAR....THEN SHIPS TO TAKE THE MEN TO THE FIGHT....AND SHIPS TO BRING THEM BACK HOME.
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THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THOSE SHIPS..."VICTORY SHIPS"


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The story actually begins in 1936. National policy in Germany and Japan clearly pointed towards war. Remembering the bitter lessons from the Great War, not even twenty years past, the United States knew it must be better prepared for the next one. The American merchant fleet and the shipbuilding industry were in a slump. Fed by a huge construction program that began very late in WW I and continued for several years after the war ended, the ports, harbors and rivers of the country were plugged with unneeded obsolete ships.

By 1936 some ninety-one percent of the American merchant fleet was at or near the twenty-year mark, most of them capable of doing 10 to 11 knots at best. The need was for dry cargo ships and tankers - fast ships that in an emergency could be used as naval auxiliaries. With President Franklin Roosevelt's strong support, Congress passed the Merchant Marine Act of 1936.

Click HERE (http://navalmerchantshiparticles.blogspot.com/2010/01/warmenships-and-more-ships.html) to give this one a glance