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22575b. [bowl] United States Shipping Board.

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22575b. [bowl] United States Shipping Board.

22575b. [bowl] United States Shipping Board. Scarce original early United States Shipping Board bowl manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in its ships’ wardrooms. In the early days of World War I, 470 ocean-going cargo-ships were sunk. We were in desperate need of sufficient cargo-ships to keep troops supplied with food and munitions of war. It was under these trying conditions that the United States Shipping Board and the Emergency Fleet Corporation assumed the task of acquiring, building and operating sufficient cargo-ships to maintain an army in France . Considering the program as a whole, the accomplishments in the number of ships constructed, the tonnage secured and the time within which the ships were completed and delivered, constitute the most remarkable achievement in ship building that the world had ever seen until World War II. Bowl is of heavy white institutional type china. With little if any wear, free of any cracks or major defects. Pattern includes grey shield with three stars over the letters “USSB”. Bottom labeled “ Buffalo China 1928”. Bowl measures 6 7/8” diameter. Quite scarce. $44.