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nounoften the merchant marine
A country's shipping that is involved in commerce and trade, as opposed to military activity.
- ‘Such an oligarchy had been predisposed to heavy spending on the navy, producing a fleet strong enough to defend a merchant marine that carried a large proportion of the world's overseas trade.’
- ‘The relationship of civilian to military ship technology was sufficiently close to allow privateers - armed vessels outfitted by merchants - to wage a devastating campaign against the British merchant marine in two wars.’
- ‘The future's merchant marine ship looked like a merchant marine ship and the talk was pay and work conditions.’
- ‘In the war he served in the American merchant marine.’
- ‘Most of the merchant marine, overseas at the moment of invasion, rallied to the government-in-exile, for which it provided an important source of income.’
- ‘The US Government via the Jones Act recognises the strategic importance of their merchant marine allocating $10 billion to ship building and operating program over the next 10 years.’
- ‘He is just one of 13 African American Coast Guard licensed merchant marine captains in the United States.’
- ‘Historically a seafaring nation, its merchant marine achieved success of international proportions.’
- ‘He argued that navigational laws designed to develop a national merchant marine and exclude foreign vessels from coastal trade was economically unsound.’
- ‘‘Previously I had been in the merchant marine and studied for my navigational qualifications,’ said Koenig.’
- ‘In peacetime, strong navies could provide the conditions for the merchant marine to carry on the levels of international trade upon which national prosperity and security depended.’
- ‘Others were employed in the merchant marine, the United States Navy, and Alaska's salmon canneries.’
- ‘Its merchant marine was the largest in the world as was the navy that looked after it.’
- ‘The 77-year-old Seattle activist and World War II vet says he was radicalized ‘to the ways of imperialism’ while sailing to Africa and the Middle East as a merchant marine after the war.’
- ‘A sailor in the merchant marine docked at Chatham for the last time.’
- ‘Large numbers of deserting sailors, furthermore, left to join the merchant marine for large-scale smuggling and trade with the enemy.’
- ‘Cruiser attacks on scattered shipping, Mahan believed, were incapable of inflicting prohibitive losses on a large merchant marine.’
- ‘It is not because we have a wonderful merchant marine culture, or that we are sea-farers from way back, but rather because it is found money.’
- ‘His real education began when he joined the merchant marine and took a job in a freighter's engine room.’
- ‘Aged just 13, he left home for a life at sea and quickly rose through the ranks of the merchant marine before joining the American navy, which had been established to fight for independence from Britain.’
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