ships were literally all work and no play. But
these were "American built and American owned" –
basically the last great American steamships.
The S.S. Sam Houston - GONE!
BROTHERS STEAMSHIP COMPANY – GONE!
AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES – GONE!
FERRELL LINES – GONE!
SEALAND – GONE!
Where do the ships go? Most aging
"American built" ships have been scraped –
usually in India – to be replaced by foreign built, and mostly foreign owned, ships.
This is the Stonewall Jackson (sister ship of the Sam Houston), on her death bed in Alang, India in 2002
End of the Line for US-Owned Freight Service
January 24 (2002): International Shipholding Corp (ISC) listed its LASH ships as "assets held for disposal", the LASH ships - 28,580-grt ROBERT E. LEE, sister ships STONEWALL JACKSON and SAM HOUSTON, all built 1974. ISC, the parent company of Waterman Steamship, will sell two of the LASH vessels, with the third pending for disposal. STONEWALL JACKSON and SAM HOUSTON sail on the US-India schedule, while SAM HOUSTON is laid up. The New Orleans-based company attributed the huge loss to lower results from its US flagged LASH service caused by unplanned shipyard work early in the year and reduced cargo volume in the second half of 2001. Compounding a weak demand, the US-owned LASH vessels have to pay a different set of taxes from the foreign-owned companies. The vessels are likely to be sold for scrap or placed in the US Navy reserve fleet. Most US-flagged liner companies operating in the US are now foreign-owned. Sea-Land Service is owned by Maersk of Denmark, American President Lines is owned by Neptune Orient Lines of Singapore, Farrell Lines is owned by P&O NedLloyd of UK/Netherlands, and Lykes Lines is owned by Canadian Pacific of Canada. (emphasis and underlining added) http://www.maritimematters.com/shipnews2002a.html
THE PASSING OF A
About 95% of our increasing sea-borne
foreign trade is carried in foreign flag ships. About 90% of the
remaining commercial "American flag" ships are foreign owned.
This means that more like 98% of the freight revenues paid by Americans
and American companies to deliver our goods go to the foreign
by William R. Carr
Voyage Two of the
A Typhoon Named Hal
Wonderful, Exciting, Galveston
The Last Straw
THE NEW WORLD ORDER AT SEA
THE ECONOMIC BOMBSHELL!
Back in 1913 Senator Wesley L. Jones lamented: "Since 1885, foreign ships have carried over $50,000,000,000 of our foreign commerce. Estimating the freight at 15 per cent, we have paid them over $7,500,000,000 for getting our products to their markets and supplying our own. Of what benefit is a balance of trade in our favor if we pay out most of it for freight?" (Source and additional quotes: U.S. Merchant Marine Org, at http://www.usmm.org)
Today foreign ships carry about $500,000,000,000 of our foreign commerce each year! Estimating the freight at only 1 per cent, we pay the competition over $5,000,000,000 for getting our products to their markets and supplying our own — mostly getting their products to our markets. We no longer enjoy the benefit of a favorable balance of trade. Not only do we pay out billions in freight revenues to foreign shipping companies, we pay foreign labor to produce an alarming percentage of our consumer goods and what we eat! We pay foreigners to build our ships and even our container cranes, not to mention all those containers, rather than giving the work to American workers. We pay foreign companies to manage many of our port facilities. The resultant costs to our economy, including the mushrooming costs of port security, are staggering. These monumental costs are not yet being reflected at the Wal-Mart checkout counter as they should be. The real costs of our free trade policies, and all those cheap imports, are deceptively charged to the consumer in his capacity as taxpayer. The result is clear to see in our rising tax burdens and expanding national debt. But nobody seems to see this! And there is absolutely nothing in the political pipeline to remedy the situation. The only call is for more poison to cure the suffering.
2008 Update: The financial meltdown is only the first of the economic chickens coming home to roost. Wait until the PEOPLE find out that our national leaders have totally compromised our national security position by going out of their way to insure our dependence on "others elsewhere" for just about everything we need. It isn't just oil folks. It's literally everything – including credit!
THE TREMENDOUS SECURITY THREAT
OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER AT SEA
MERCHANT MARINE IS
GOING, GOING, GOING, GOING, . . . . ! GONE!
(And all because American mariners still refuse to accept Chinese wages)
THE FOG HORN!
Nation's Proud Merchant Marine
IMO, STCW, ISM
Enlightening Maritime Statistics from the Colton & Company Web — at www.coltoncompany.com
Maritime Statistics from the U.S. Maritime Administration: – http://www.marad.dot.gov/marad_statistics/
See what Free Trade and globalism are doing to our economy and American Labor — at http://www.epinet.org
The S.S. Columbia Eagle was high-jacked in 1970
while enroute to Thailand with a cargo of ammunition
for the Vietnam War. Mutineers forced the ship
to Cambodia. Finally a book has been Published
about the incident. See..
The Eagle Mutiny, a Book Review
MISC. MARITIME LINKS
|International Maritime Bureau
Rick Boggs' Merchant Marine Pages
D.R. Webb's MM Page
Ken Olsen's Sea Lanes
The Mother of All Maritime Links
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Marine Log Magazine
Colton & Company Web Site
Masters, Mates & Pilots
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