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Economy of Transport Overseas

Nature volume 135, pages 169170 (02 February 1935) | Download Citation



MERCANTILE vessels can be divided into three main classes—passenger ships, combined passenger and cargo ships and purely cargo ships. Of these it is the first class which receives the greatest attention in the public Press; although the commerce of the world is carried on principally by tramps and freighters, these are seldom in the public eye. Generally speaking, unlike the steam locomotive, which was first used for mineral traffic before its potentialities for passenger traffic had been realised, the steam boat was regarded chiefly as a passenger carrying vessel.

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