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By early 1 944 the number of submarines being de- stroyed was greater than the number of Allied merchant vessels being lost through submarine activity. By the summer of 1943, although the losses still were heavy, confidence wa.s felt that the danger point had been passed. For the entire war period, the losses of vessels controlled by or available to the United Nations aggregated over 36,000,000 jieadweight tons. 8,957,000 3,070,000 1 2,027,000 Year 1943 4,342,000 977,000 5,319,000 Year 1944 1,804,000 293,000 2,097,000 Jan.-Aus. 679,000 160,000 839,000 Total 29,482,000 7,100,000 36,582,000 t~ The greater part of the sinkings resulted from submarine ac- i'vities, but the losses from other causes were substantial.
EXCLUDt NG TANKERS HOUSANO OW T THOUSAND QWT 2000 NET GAIN NET LOSS 1200 800 400 GAINS N^W CONSTRUCTION 4- 2000 1600 1200 800 400 LOSSES ALL.
In order to meet the requirements of the oversea theaters, ships were worked "round the clock" of American ports. 1 MONTHLY LOSSES AND COMPLETIONS, OCEAN-GOING MERCHANT VESSELS OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND NEUTRALS.
75 I ntrathcaier Shipping ......................................... American ships totaling about 3^609,000 deadwdgfat tons were lost during.
It was with a view to expediting the de- liveries of the British orders that a ship of simplified design, uti- lizing the reciprocating engine, which was the type most readily available, was agreed upon.
By the end of 1941 the American shipbuilding program, including foreign and Ameri- can orders, had been expanded to include about 1,200 vesselsl aggregating about 14,000,000 dcadwdght tons, to be deliveredl by the end of 1943.