Government Aid to the Merchant Marine

July 24, 1928

Report Outline
Evolution of the New Shipping Act
Program of Government Aid to Shipping

The program of government aid for the merchant marine set out in the Jones-White shipping act, passed during the last session of Congress and signed by the President, May 23, 1928, was placed in practical operation July 14 when first contracts were awarded for the ocean transportation of mails under the postal subvention provisions of the act. Additional contracts are in process of development and it is probable that the program authorized by the new law will be fully under way within a few months.

The new shipping legislation, although it marks a notable evolution in the merchant marine policy of the federal government, has received comparatively little public attention.1 Its sponsors expect the various forms of government assistance provided in the new act greatly to expand American-flag shipping, and for a time at least to afford an even greater stimulus to domestic ship building.

Rep. Tilson of Connecticut, Republican floor leader of the House, in a prepared review on the work of the last session said:

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