Shipping

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

A census of German seagoing shipping has recently been taken but the results are not yet available. Before the census we had, however, traced over 400 merchant ships of over 100 tons intended for the German peace economy. These vessels are with a few exceptions in the British zone. They consist mainly of cargo vessels but include a few special types such as cattle transports and refrigerator ships. Their total tonnage is some 160,000 dead weight tons. Forty are at present unseaworthy. The remainder are being used for German coastal traffic and on certain short sea routes. There are in addition some 1425 fishing vessels of various kinds, all of which are engaged in fishing or minesweeping operations.