Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):
I do not know that there is any restriction in the formal sense, but as far as convoy work is concerned I do not think anyone would think of using ships of wooden ship size. I doubt if anyone would think of a ship of less than 6,000, 7,000 or 10,000 tons, and with those sizes you are out of the wooden ship class. The opinion of naval men and of those engaged in merchant shipping is that for convoy work you cannot have a great number of small ships because they are as much trouble as a large ship.
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