The Admiralty return of shipping losses due to enemy action
anti to marine risk states that 224,735 tons of British shipping and 130,959 tons of Allied and neutral shipping were sunk in May. The losses due to the ordinary perils of the sea were " unduly heavy." However, the total of British tonnage sunk was less by 1,300 tons than in April. Allied and neutral ships suffered more than in April, to the extent of about 45,000 tons. We shall probably not be wrong in attributing the greater part. of this increase to the unusual number of wrecks. In May we built 197,274 tons of new shipping, and thus almost replaced the ships sunk ; it is probable that the American yards alone built more new ships than all the other Allies and the neutrals lost.