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The demise of the American Merchant Marines

posted 2/2/2011 11:37:31 AM |
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The SS. United States was one of America's top liners back in the days when the American shipping industry ruled the world. The steamship broke the world record for the fastest North Atlantic crossing, which she holds to this day. Now she is rusting on a pier in Philadelphia, serving as a reminder on how the maritime industry jobs have moved overseas to other countries. American merchant ships now number less than 200, compared to the thousands we had during World War II. What has happened to the pride of American shipping? Most of the companies are gone, and the shipyards are being converted to casinos and malls. It's really sad.

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Wordsofwit

Feb 2 @ 12:53PM  
Like anything else, it cheaper operate them out of other nations.
hog77297

Feb 2 @ 2:26PM  
What WoW said!
What happened to prroud to be an American?
seamanjoe44

Feb 2 @ 2:32PM  
Oh I am proud to be an American.
I just think our country has a lot of problems.
Wordsofwit

Feb 2 @ 2:52PM  
There are a lot of countries that have put a lot financial and tax incentives out there for shipping companies, Panama and the Bahamas come to mind. The problem is the same in many products, American and European products are too damned expensive to make and/or buy.
LilGriz

Feb 2 @ 10:08PM  
Most of the companies are gone

Short term and shareholder profits are more important than keeping the country alive and prospering. In previous generations, factories were converted over in war time, but now our factories are in a whole different hemisphere.

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