30 September 2010

In Denial


Two related items from The New York Times on this day in 1933:

I. M. M. MAY BUILD A NEW CABIN LINER
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New One Like the Washington Is Being Considered, Says P. V. G. Mitchell in London
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Wireless to The New York Times.

LONDON - P. V. G. Mitchell, vice president of the International Mercantile Marine, interviewed before sailing on the liner Manhattan for New York today, said big ships were "unsound and uneconomic," his views conflicting with those recently expressed here urging resumption of work on the giant Cunarder [534].

Mr. Mitchell indicated the possibility that construction of another vessel of the Manhattan and Washington type would soon be ordered. He said while the Leviathan was being kept in condition, an important increase in traffic would be needed to justify her recommissioning.

The big ship, he added, was of the type developed in day of prosperity and when the tide of emigrant travel was strong.

"Cabin liners have carried gratifying numbers, and we have every reason to feel that we have produced a type of ship that appeals very strongly to the American traveler," he added.

LORD WEIR ARRIVES.
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Denies He Is Here to See Franklin on Shipping Merger.
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Lord Weir, head of the British ship engineering firm of G. & J. Weir, Ltd., arrived yesterday on the Cunarder Berengaria upon his annual business visit to the United States. He was accompanied by his brother, Air Commodore James G. Weir.

Lord Weir said he had been pestered all during the voyage by radio messages that followed a published report that he was coming here upon a mysterious mission to see P. A. S. Franklin, president of the I. M. M., about the amalgamation of the White Star and Cunard Lines.

"There was no foundation for this report," Lord Weir said. "My mission here is entirely private."

Asked whether he thought the Cunarder 534 would ever be completed, he replied that he felt confident she would.

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