Items of Interest

A summary of the world's output of mercantile tonnage, steam and sail, during 1914, just issued by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, shows that vessels aggregating 2,852,753 tons were launched during the twelve months. This total was about 480,000 tons less than in 1913. Holland, Japan, and Norway were the only ones among the principal ship-building countries to show an increased output. Vessels launched in the United Kingdom aggregated 1,674,358 tons steam and 9,195 tons sail. Of these vessels 621 were steamers and thirty-five sailing craft. The United Kingdom's output was 248,600 tons less than in the previous year, when the total of 1,932,153 tons was the highest ever reached. The amount of tonnage launched for other countries from British shipyards in 1914 was 410,023 tons, or slightly more than 24 per cent of the total output. Fifteen vessels of 88,097 tons were for Holland, 67,827 tons were for Norway, 41,534 tons for Greece, and 35,951 tons for Belgium. Only one vessel of 5,102 tons, was launched in the United Kingdom for the United States.

Vessels launched in the United States during the year totaled 200,762 tons, or nearly 76,000 tons less than in 1913. The output included sixty-seven steam and twenty-seven sailing vessels. The bulk of the building was done in Maryland and Virginia, there being twenty-five vessels of a total of 67,470 tons launched from yards in those states. Eleven vessels, aggregating 12,572 tons, were launched in Maine and Massachusetts; 47,270 tons in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware; 5,459 tons in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York; 37,825 tons on the Great Lakes; 28,642 tons on the Pacific coast; and 1,504 tons at other Atlantic coast ports. Fifteen of the vessels launched on the coast were seagoing merchant steamers of between five thousan and eighty-five hundred tons each.

The tonnage output of other countries follows: Holland, 118,153 tons; France, 114,052 tons; Japan, 85,861 tons; Norway, 54,204 tons; Italy, 42,981 tons; Denmark, 32,815 tons; Germany, 387,192 tons; Austria-Hungary, 34,335 tons.

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Trusting to Demonstration
February 27, 1915

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