4 Vols., WSS, Kendal, 1st eds., 1979, 1981, 1984 & 1986. Vol. I : 120 pp. Vol. II : 104 pp. Vol. III : 112 pp. Vol. IV : 140 pp. All profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, etc. Pict. c.c., 24 x 18cm. Very slight wear to covers o/w Nr.FINE. When the USA entered the war in 1941, their shipyards began to step-up an immense shipbuilding programme which had begun in 1938 when a Commission had been organized to rebuild the US merchant fleet with a programme of 50 ships a year for 10 years. By 1939 this had been increased to 100 per year ; by 1940 to 200 ; by 1941 to 400 ; by 1942 to 800 ; and by 1943 to an amazing 1000 vessels per annum. Much of this tonnage was made up by ‘emergency’ types which included 2,700 ‘Liberty’ ships. These and other types are described in these four volumes. (I) Includes the S/S AMERICA, the C1, C1-M and P types. (II) Includes the C2, R, C4 and C5 types. (III) Includes C3, V and L6 types ; plus wood and concrete ships. (IV) Includes the N5 and S types ; post-war liners including the S/S UNITED STATES, the C3-S-DX1 prototypes and miscellaneous ships. This volume provides numerical lists of all USMC hull numbers with the Yard Numbers and ship types. The four volumes are profusely illustrated with photographs, line drawings, etc., and provide an essential source of reference for Allied wartime merchant ships.