The American Merchant Marine Fleet is made of the civilian-owned merchant vessels which are operated by either the government or private sector; they are commonly involved in commerce activities or in the marine transportation of the cargoes both in the navigable waters of the U.S. and out of them.
This Fleet is fully responsible for the transportation of the passengers and goods during peace time, and during the war; it also serves as an auxiliary supporting the American Navy Fleet, and can be called upon to deliver various supplies to the military.
Merchant mariners transport passengers and cargo cargo both within the U.S. and between nations, maintain and operate deep sea merchant vessels, ferries, towboats, dredges, and any other ocean ships navigating oceans and the Great Lakes, harbors, canals, rivers and all other waterways.
As of 2006, the American Merchant Fleet consisted of 465 ships with more than hundred of thousand members. The present historical introductory video film has been taken from Periscope Film LLC archive. It was presented by the U.S. Maritime Commission.