News & Tall Tales. 1800s.
The World's Fleet
July 27, 1899, Boston Daily Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Numbers 28,180 Steamers and Sail Craft -
United States Has 3010 Vessels of 2,465,387 Tons.
NEW YORK, July 27-The Sun this morning prints the following from London under data July 26:
Lloyds' register of shipping gives the entire fleet of the world as 28,180 steamers and stilling vessels, with a total tonnage of 27,673,628, of which 39 percent are British.
The Americans were next with 3010 vessels with a total tonnage of 2,405,887.
Norway has 2528 vessels, with a tonnage of only 1,604,230.
Germany has 1676 vessels, with a tonnage of 2,453,334, in which are included her particularly large ships.
Sweden has 1408 vessels with a tonnage of 643,527.
Italy has 1150 vessels and France 1182.
No other nationality can boast of 1000 ships.
Japan has 841, Denmark 796 and Spain 701.
The British and Americans together control one-half of the entire merchant ship tonnage afloat.
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