New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234-78_B2_F16_MoreShips_Cartoon_p2
Political cartoon depicting the need for more American ships during World War I. The political cartoon, appeared in Portland, Oregon's "Evening Telegram," c. 1917.
Name two crucial roles that American ships played during World War I.
Who is the man in the cartoon?
What is the cartoon trying to convey to readers?
Producing ships required a major financial commitment. Design a persuasive broadside (poster) to encourage people to donate or lend money to support shipping for the war effort. Include an incentive or persuasive reason for people to give money.
Math: If a ship costs $345,920 to construct and $2,000 to operate and maintain for one year, how much would it cost to build 3 ships and operate and maintain them for 2 years?
Science: The USS Plattsburg was a World War I era American transport ship that was 560-foot long, 17,200-tons, and could carry more than 1700 passengers. How does a ship so big and so heavy stay afloat?
Harding, Stephen. Great Liners at War. Stroud, England: Tempus, 2007.