TIL the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) consists of “mothballed” ships, mostly merchant vessels, that can be activated to provide shipping for the United States during national emergencies. At its peak in 1950, the NDRF had 2,277 ships in lay-up but currently the number of ships is down to 86.

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