Please see enhanced notation below for Victory at Sea episodes highlighting role of U.S. Merchant Marine.
Tell America Maritime Policy 2007 Overview
U.S. – FLAG MERCHANT MARINE
A strong U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine is essential to support U.S national defense and economic security interests in the 21st century. American sea power refers to the nation’s ability to use the seas for its own purposes. In peacetime, 95 percent of trade tonnage is waterborne. Yet, U.S.-flag ships carry only 2.7 percent of that trade. ...Click Here for more
Victory At Sea - Episode 1Design for War - German U-boats blockade England, sinking British, Canadian and US merchant ships that brave the hostile to supply the beleaguered island nation. America answers the call for help by supplying warships with the Lend Lease Act and begins a massive shipbuilding program and hasty industrial preparation for our entry into the war.
Victory At Sea - Episode 3Sealing the Breach - President Franklin Roosevelt calls Japan’s surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor a “day that will live in infamy”. America reacts by increasing our build up of war equipment. The Merchant Marine plays an important role in transporting war supplies across the Atlantic at a heavy cost in ships sunk and mariners lost to German U-Boat torpedoes.
Victory At Sea - Episode 11Magnetic North - The Allies engage in arctic campaigns around the world battling the elements as well as the enemy. Allied merchant mariners suffer heavy casualties from German warships and aircraft as well as severe arctic weather on the horrendous Mermansk run to supply besieged Russia. Allied armed forces fight the German Army in Scandinavia and battle Japan to retake occupied Alaskan territory.