Shipbuilding in India.

On account of shortage of tonnage due to the scarcity of ships during war new shipbuilding enterprise has been carried out in many parts of India. Three has been great shipbuilding activity in Chittagong and different parts of Burma. As a result at present there are lying in the port of Calcutta some twentysix brigs which are intended to take the place of coasting steamers. They are being used for carrying timber from Burma and have actually brought large cargoes of teak to Calcutta.

These vessels remind one of olden days of sailing ships in the Hooghly. One of the new brigs, “Gunputee”, is owned by a local Marwari. She was built at Moulmein and is about 126 feet in length with a gross tonnage of 305. This is the first enterprise of Marwaris in shipbuilding. Other vessels are owned by merchants in Moulmein, Akyab, Rangoon, Maldive, and Nicobar islands. These vessels are all under the command of Nacodas or native masters of sailing vessels.

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