The American Merchant Marine has had a past, a glorious history, but so did the Dodo. What of the future? Probably all of the Dodoes saw a brilliant future for Dodoes, with Dodoes multiplying and spreading throughout all of the lands and across the seas, just as we would like to see American ships, flying the Stars and Stripes, on all of the Seven Seas. Let us not be like the Dodoes; let us be realistic.
What constitutes seaborne shipping? Cargo to carry; operators, owners and smart agents in all of the ports of the world to husband those ships and their trade; well found ships and the loyal personnel to operate the ships. You may change the order of preference which is thus set forth if your political leanings and economic views so dictate, but the order given is logical.