United States Shipping Board

United States Shipping Board

The United States Shipping Board was established as an emergency agency by the Shipping Act (39 Stat. 729), 7 September 1916. It was formally organized 30 January 1917. The Shipping Board's functions were to:

* Regulate:
** commercial maritime carriers and trade practices,
** marine insurance,
** transfers of ship registry, and
** the rates charged in interstate waterborne commerce.
* Investigate adequacy of port and water transportation facilities,
* Determine the necessity for steamship lines and the characteristics of vessels on those lines,
* Develop a naval auxiliary and merchant marine, and
* Subsidize private ship construction.

The Board was abolished, effective 2 March 1934.

Its successor agencies have been the U.S. Shipping Board Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce (1933-36); the U.S. Maritime Commission (1936-50); the U.S. Federal Maritime Board of the Department of Commerce (regulatory functions only, 1950-61); the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (regulatory functions only, 1961- ); the United States Maritime Administration of the Department of Commerce (all other functions, 1950-81); and the U.S. Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (all other functions, 1981- ).


* [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/032.html National Archives: Records of the United States Shipping Board]

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