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Atlas of Germany's Colonies and Illustrated Yearbook, edited by the German Colonial Society, 1908, General

General

Trade : (p.4) In 1908 German foreign trade amounted to a total value of 15,579 [million] Mark, of these 8,738 million Mark imports and 6,840 million Mark exports. 1907 15,466 million Mark, of these 8,597 imports, 6,869 exports. In 1904 the German Reich's total foreign trade amounted to 11,577 million Mark.

Merchant Fleet : Steamers over 1000 tons capavity sailing under German flag on April 1st 1908 (according to "Nautikus" 1907) : 968, sailing ships 169; on April 1st 1907 : steamers 936, sailing boats 176. In 1907 the total crew of the German merchant navy was 68,000 men.

Navy : The Imperial Navy had at its disposal on January 1st 1908, completed or under construction, 22 ships-of-the-line (4 outdated ships mot included; 6 are under construction), 8 coastal ironclad vessels, 8 battle cruisers, 27 large cruisers, 11 small cruisers, 9 canon boats, about 20 school ships not fitted for combat, 11 special ships, 2 port ships and 1 submarine. The combined crew numbered 46,913 men.

The world's sea cables, according to ownership, are distributed (according to "Nautikus" 1908) as follows :

countries state owned cables private cables cables total
number length in km number length in km number of cable operating companies number length in km
Argentina 13 111 3 271 2 16 382
Denmark 98 569 33 17,202 1 131 17,771
Germany 98 5,448 9 24,301 3 107 29,749
France 70 20,702 44 51,026 2 114 71,728
Great Britain and Ireland 191 4,268 269 231,438 19 460 235,706
USA 11 4,163 38 54,054 6 49 58,217
countries without private cables 1,163 46,236 - - - 1,163 46,236
total 1,644 81,497 369 378,292 33 2,040 459,789




 


Source: Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch, (Atlas German Colonies, with Yearbook), edited by P. Sprigade und M. Moisel, Yearbook and Remarks by Hubert Henoch. Berlin 1909, p.4

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