By the end of May 1940, the full requisition of all British ships was in place, along with requisitions of fleets from other countries such as Greece and Norway. For the duration of the war, the Baltic offered refuge to others in the City who premises had been bombed and provided space for the City of London Air Training Corps for practice each day. In 1945, just after the end of the war, the announcement of the plans for the “Restoration of Chartering Machinery” by the government provided a glimmer of hope for the restoration of many Baltic members’ businesses, allowing for the allocation of vessels for the open market.
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