« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
in appreciation of her devoted and unselfish assistance in the
preparation of this volume.
A GREAT poet-philosopher said:
“What you inherit from your fathers,
Is not your own until you make it so.” This is true of nations as well as of individuals. The War has left America a large fleet of merchant ships—a rich inheritance. Now America faces the task of making these ships her own, of assimilating them, of turning them into a great national asset-a glorious merchant marine. To accomplish this, a whole nation, too long one-sidedly absorbed in its interior developments, must turn its face from mountains and prairies to the sea. A whole people must become "ship-minded.” The hope of contributing his little share to this big end has inspired the writer throughout his task.
Others have heard the call. Men of the caliber of Edward N. Hurley and Robert E. Annin—to mention but two prominent names among recent writers on the subject of Ocean Shipping-are devoting time and energy toward spreading light on the subject. Big financial institutions like the Bankers Trust Company are appropriating large sums toward the same end. Organizations such as the National Marine League and the National Merchant Marine Association are working with redoubled vigor.
Under these circumstances, a new book which should be not only an addition, but a contribution, must possess distinct characteristics establishing its raison d'être. What impresses upon this book the stamp of individuality is the emphasis placed upon the interdependence of shipping and