1914, 1917, 1918, First Lord of the Admiralty, Imperial German Navy, merchant shipping, Netherlands, Royal Navy, sinking, Sir Eric Geddes, submarine, United States of America, William Pirrie, Woodrow Wilson
Sir Eric Geddes on the tonnage position; world tonnage from the beginning of the war to end of 1917 fallen by 8 per cent. net, British tonnage by 20 per cent. net; total tonnage sunk in first year of unrestricted submarine warfare 6,000,000, against German claims of 9,500,000; he announces appointment of Lord Pirrie as Controller-General of Merchant Shipbuilding. President Wilson authorizes seizure of Dutch ships in United States ports.