Rough Waters: Sovereignty and the American Merchant Flag

Editor(s): Rodney Carlisle Publisher: Naval Institute Press Pub Date: 1/15/2017 ISBN: 9781682470091 Price: $31.95 Order via GOBI »

Rough Waters traces the evolution of the role of the U.S. merchant ship flag, and the U.S. merchant fleet itself. Rodney Carlisle looks at conduct and commerce at sea from the earliest days of the country, when battles at sea were fought over honor and the flag, to the current American-owned merchant fleet sailing under flags of convenience via foreign registries. Carlisle examines the world-wide use, legality, and continued acceptance of this practice, as well as measures to off-set its ill effects.