15 MARCH 1957, Page 30

More and more merchant ships fly the flags of an

nautical nations and we read that Liberian tanker tonnage now exceeds Great Britain's. Taxation is said to be destroying more Briti.sh shipping than ever the Dons or Doenitz did, The usual prizes are offered for a suitable lament in sea shanty or salty verse form. Limit : sixteen lines.

. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 370,' 99 Gower Street, London, WCI, by March 26. Results on April 5.