Merchant Marine Midshipmen Ponder A Bleak Future At Sea
(Robert J. Rosenthal in The New York Times, 20 February 1972)
Graduates of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy[*] at Kings Point, New York, are, according to their professors, among the best educated, most highly specialized merchant marine officers in the world. But many are finding it difficult to get jobs at sea.
The 1,000 midshipmen at the Academy are faced with the drastic decline of the U. S. merchant marine.
Unhappiness arising from the bleak position of the merchant marine has led many midshipmen to question the purpose of their being at Kings Point and the relevance of the regimented military system at a school whose graduates serve a civilian industry. Such pessimism is an unhappy addition to an Academy that has graduated 14,000 men in its 28 years of existence.