Congressional Edition Volume 6281

Congressional Edition Volume 6281

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1911. The list above as usual contains no steamers built exclusively for the foreign trade, although the Honolulan and Georgian will be registered. For the second successive year the two largest ocean steamers built in the United States have been built under the protection afforded by the application of the coastwise laws to trade between Hawaii and the mainland of the United States and to trade by way of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Still another year has passed without the construction of a squarerigged sailing vessel. In 1905 the Bureau reported that "the existence of the square-rigged American fleet can not under present conditions extend beyond twenty years." At that time there were 276 such vessels of 322,288 gross tons under the flag. On June 30, 1911, there were only 165 such vessels of 192,878 gross tons, or an average annual decrease of 7 per cent in both the number and the tonnage of this fleet. To the westward of the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal an area of variable, uncertain, and light winds extends so that sailing vessels can not use the canal except under almost prohibitory towing charges for part of the distance on the Pacific. The Suez Canal greatly accelerated the normal decline of sailing vessels, and the opening of the Panama Canal will exert to a less extent a like influence. During the past year only one large wooden schooner was built. The tendency of navigation on both our Atlantic and Pacific coasts is to substitute large seagoing barges for types of sail vessels built 10 or 15 years ago for these trades. The following summary of the vessels just named and of vessels of over 1,000 tons built during the preceding four years shows the changes in the larger form of construction for...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558073
  • 9781236558077