On July 1, 1928, the world motor tonnage, building, exceeded that of steam tonnage by about thirty-five per cent. That this rate is being continued is indicated by a special London dispatch to the New York Journal of Commerce, under date of August 14, which states:
A feature of the new business is the number of motorships which are to be built on the Clyde, for it is significant that of the orders placed there during the last week or so, all are for motorships, and none are for steamers.
To this may be added the following from the Engineer of June 22, 1928, in regard to the new 26,000-ton White Star liner. It is stated:
There are grounds for believing that she will be propelled by internal combustion engines, but on this point nothing definite has been announced. In this connection, it may be noted that all the vessels now under construction at Queens Island, aggregating over 140,000 tons of shipping, and including a 26,000-ton White Star liner, a 20,000-ton Union Castle liner, and four 15,000-ton Nelson liners, are to be driven by internal combustion engines.