PS> I saw the Manhattan at the anchorage off Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1972 when she arrived with a cargo of grain as a gift from USAid at a time when there were starvation in the aftermath of the 1971 war.

She was far too big to get even to the normal anchorage area so she anchored several miles down the coast, not far from Cox’s Basar, using some Greek owned small shallow draft ships to bring the cargo up river.

There were no vacuum sucking machines in Bangladesh, so initially the grain was hauled on deck in wicker baskets, emptied onto cargo nets and lifted to the small ships by their derricks.

A Norwegian shipping man that had been living and working in India for many years, but had turned to some obscured hindu sect and forsworn worldly riches, somehow got involved. He managed to arrange to get some vacuum machines, which was rented out to UNDP. They did the job a lot easier, but it still took months to discharge the entire cargo.


Now, 50 years later, the US is showing interest in getting back into Arctic shipping:

For the moment that appears to be limited to stopping the Russians and Canadians from controlling shipping in their Arctic waters and the Chinese from getting a foothold there.
The US’s own ambitions seems to be purely military: