Definition: Merchant marine may be defined as all ships engaged in the carriage of goods; or all commercial vessels (as opposed to all nonmilitary ships), which excludes tugs, fishing vessels, offshore oil rigs, etc. This entry contains information in four fields - total, ships by type, foreign-owned, and registered in other countries.
Total includes the number of ships (1,000 GRT or over), total DWT for those ships, and total GRT for those ships. DWT or dead weight tonnage is the total weight of cargo, plus bunkers, stores, etc., that a ship can carry when immersed to the appropriate load line. GRT or gross register tonnage is a figure obtained by measuring the entire sheltered volume of a ship available for cargo and passengers and converting it to tons on the basis of 100 cubic feet per ton; there is no stable relationship between GRT and DWT.
Ships by type includes a listing of barge carriers, bulk cargo ships, cargo ships, chemical tankers, combination bulk carriers, combination ore/oil carriers, container ships, liquefied gas tankers, livestock carriers, multifunctional large-load carriers, petroleum tankers, passenger ships, passenger/cargo ships, railcar carriers, refrigerated cargo ships, roll-on/roll-off cargo ships, short-sea passenger ships, specialized tankers, and vehicle carriers.
Foreign-owned are ships that fly the flag of one country but belong to owners in another.
Registered in other countries are ships that belong to owners in one country but fly the flag of another.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Merchant marine map
Unsung Heroes of World War II: Seamen of the Merchant Marine still struggle for recognition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/29/2004 11:59:38 PM
In this country, that's unthinkable ... A Needless Sinking," an essential reference work about the Merchant Marine of World War II. Click photo for larger image. "We marched and marched from morning until late at night," said Michael McKee, 78, of ...
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Ocala StarBanner - 5/6/2013 12:23:58 AM
Elmore "Elmo" Berthelot joined the Merchant Marine at age 16. Just months after signing up, he was on the high seas en route to England and France with troops and critical supplies, vulnerable to enemy attack during World War II. “I wanted to see the ...
Countries with the largest merchant marine
Mongabay - 1/24/2010 11:57:35 PM
Merchant marine may be defined as all ships engaged in the carriage ... This entry contains information in four fields - total, ships by type, foreign-owned, and registered in other countries. Total includes the number of ships (1,000 GRT or over), total ...
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
Herald Standard - 3/16/2012 11:53:35 PM
In doing so, he inadvertently became one of many area residents who served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. Next week, we will share Red's story and identify other local men who served their country in this "forgotten service." Glenn Tunney's ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/11/2011 5:18:59 PM
is a fairly common response to mention of the Merchant Marine. But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during World War II ... past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked ...
Merchant marine veteran to get World War II medals
Washington Times - 7/3/2014 8:58:47 AM
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A World War II veteran from New Hampshire is getting his service ... Sanborn served aboard U.S. Merchant Marine ships from 1945-1946. According to Shea-Porter’s office, he is active in the veteran community and often pushes others ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
WASHINGTON - During World ... for their country in history's deadliest war. Yet when they came home, they did not receive the cornucopia of benefits that a grateful nation bestowed on returning veterans. Willner and Rosen served in the US Merchant Marine.
Merchant Marine veteran saw action in World War II and Vietnam War
TCPalm - 5/13/2012 1:37:47 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE — As a crew member on merchant ships, Jack Suder dodged German submarines in World War II and Viet Cong riverine ... Suder is still bitter that many people think members of the Merchant Marine are not war veterans. "We lost more men ...
Artist, WWII Merchant Marine Hans Skalagard
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/9/2013 12:02:37 AM
Artist Hans Skalagard, 89, a merchant marine during World War II and the Korean War, at his home in Petaluma on Nov. 8, 2013. Like other merchant marine combat veterans, Skalagard was never compensated for his wartime service or received extended GI Bill ...
Recognition Eludes World War II Heroes
New York Times - 10/25/1987 11:53:38 PM
I quote a message by President Truman to my father, who was in the merchant marine in World War II. ''To you who answered the call of your country and served in its merchant marine to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks ...
Numbers dwindling, local Merchant Marine vets will meet one last time
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 5/26/2014 6:12:05 PM
For a couple of decades, on the second Monday of the month, a group of U.S. Merchant Marine veterans from World War II has met in the back ... They are passionate about what they did and proud of serving our country, and they just want to be recognized ...
United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. News - 7/28/2014 1:26:47 AM
United States Merchant Marine Academy is a public institution that was ... on average, 18 foreign countries. USMMA is home to the American Merchant Marine Museum, which exhibits marine art, ship models and nautical artifacts. The Kings Pointer, a 176 ...
WWII Veteran Merchant Marine 'Sparks' Disband
Reuters - 7/4/2010 3:57:19 AM
WASHINGTON, July 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hoffman Island Radio Association (HIRA), World War II sea-going Merchant Marine radio operators ("Sparks"), announced today that it has voted to disband because of deaths and increasing incapacitating ...
Dwindling number of WWII merchant mariners seek recognition, compensation
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/11/2013 12:43:12 AM
Artist Hans Skalagard, 89, a merchant marine during World War II and the Korean War, at his home in Petaluma, Calif., on November 8, 2013. Like other merchant marine combat veterans, Skalagard was never compensated for his wartime service or received ...
D-Day 70, 2014 WWII Mechant Marine Service Act
Marine Link - 6/6/2014 4:47:27 PM
During the 70th observance of D-Day, 10,000 surviving World War II American merchant marines ... It includes Department of Defense 2015 funding and the WWII Merchant Marine Service Act provision, authored by Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat.