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The Box by Marc Levinson

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Chapter 4

 

 

The System

A dock strike loomed over East Coast ports in the autumn of 1956. Facing the prospect that the Pan-Atlantic and Waterman fleets would sit idle, Malcom McLean decided to use the time to advantage. Six of Waterman’s C-2 freighters were transferred to Pan-Atlantic’s control. They were sent to Waterman’s shipyard in Mobile, which had been closed after World War II but was reopened to convert them into pure containerships. The idea was to build a honeycomb of metal cells in the holds so that 35-foot containers, two feet longer than those carried on the Ideal-X, could be lowered in and stacked five or six high. The ships were to be rebuilt and back at sea by 1957. Of course, there was no model of a pure containership, the metal ...

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