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Where Ships Come From?

A few decades ago, a maritime history book was written with the title: “Where Ships are Born; Sunderland 1346-1946” describing the prowess of the British shipbuilding industry when ships were made of British oak and forests were the limiting factor of shipbuilding. These were the times when a vessel like the HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, took 100 acres of timberland or 6,000 oak trees to be built; these were the times when vessels built in the US at the time of the American Revolution were considered of inferior in quality, although they did cost a lot less than a vessel built in Great Britain! Yes, these were times when American-built vessels were ‘cheap’!

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