Excerpt from Shipbuilding and Shipping Record, Vol. 11: A Journal of Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering, Docks, Harbours and Shipping; March 21, 1918
Reports coming across the Atlantic continue to place a better aspect on the shipbuilding position in the United States, and to show that, despite preliminary disappointments, American America will soon be adding a large amount of Shipbuilding. Tonnage to the Allied shipping resources. Mr. Hurley, the chairman of the Shipping Board, in an interview with the correspondent of The Times, pointed out that when she entered the war the United States had only 160 slip ways, which, in 1915, had produced less than tons of shipping, 70 per cent. Of the output of the older and larger yards being for the Navy. While the amount of space devoted to Navy work still represents about the same proportion to-day, America has 416 slip ways from which ste'el ships can be launched. Mr. Hurley is also more than satisfied with the present labour situation. Last October only about men were working in American shipyards, the number now exceeds and about men are being added to the force every day. Experiments in labour-saving methods of construction are being carried out with most promising results, especially the experiments in electric welding, which, if successful on a large scale, will do away with riveting, except for such positions as are inaccessible to the electric welding apparatus. Mr. Hurley is now confident that this year the United States will place at least tons of shipping in service.
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