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A ultimate authority has written the 1st complete reference concerning the U.S. service provider Marine and American delivery from the creation of steamships to state-of-the-art diesel containerships--showing the impression of politics, economics, and know-how on maritime heritage over the last centuries. Over 500 entries describe humans, inner most businesses, company and hard work teams, engineering and technological advancements, govt organizations, phrases, key legislation, landmark circumstances, matters, occasions, and ships of observe. brief lists of references for extra interpreting accompany those entries. Appendices contain a chronology, diagrams of presidency businesses, and lists of commercial and exertions teams through founding dates. An strangely huge index lends itself to the various study pursuits of scholars, academics, and pros in maritime and monetary heritage, business-labor-government kin, and army studies.
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S. Navy that it launched a program to convert warships from coal to oil. In January 1907 American-Hawaiian took advantage of the opening of the Tehuantepec Railroad across Mexico to divide its ships into two fleets: one operated on the Pacific Ocean, while the other fleet handled the cargo on the Atlantic between New York and Tehuantepec. This arrangement lasted until 1914, when revolutionary turmoil in Mexico shut down the Tehuantepec Rail- AMERICAN-HAWAIIAN STEAMSHIP COMPANY (AHSS) 31 road, while the opening of the Panama Canal on 15 August 1914 provided a cheaper and better alternative.
Roger's son, Lewis A. Lapham,* became the president of the company in 1947, and he moved headquarters back to New York City from San Francisco. The company was wisely keeping its options open, but the Korean War panicked American-Hawaiian into buying six surplus ships on the mistaken assumption that high freight rates would continue indefinitely. The ships had barely been brought when the intercoastal service took a downward plunge, and with each voyage piling up losses, the company had no choice but to suspend the intercoastal service in March 1953.
AMERICAN ANTILLES LINE. See Colombian Steamship Company. AMERICAN BANNER LINES, 1957-1960. American Banner Lines was the last steamship venture of Arnold Bernstein,* who created this line in 1957 to provide inexpensive but comfortable passage to Europe for middle-class tourists. He bought a Mariner* freighter, which he extensively refitted to carry up to 900 passengers, only 40 in first class and the rest in tourist class. The refurbished ship, the Atlantic, whose cabins all had their own showers and toilets for greater privacy, was entirely air-conditioned for the comfort of the passengers.