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by William M. Fowler, Jr.

Think Walmart and Amazon are engaging in battle? Well, that’s just a skirmish compared to Britain’s Samuel Cunard vs America’s Edward Knight Collins and their Herculean efforts to dominate the 19th Century trans-Atlantic shipping trade – the most important commerce in the world at that time. Ultimately, both countries lost the monetary, political, weather and national-will battle. Today neither nation is even in the top 20 states in numbers of flag merchant ships, though 90 percent of world trade still moves by sea!

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