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U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DANIEL C. ROPER, Secretary
BUREAU OF MARINE INSPECTION AND NAVIGATION
R. S. FIELD, Director


Rules and Regulations Series, No. 7




RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE
OF THE CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND
EFFICIENCY, CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE
BOOKS, CERTIFICATES OF IDENTIFICATION,
AND CERTIFICATES OF DISCHARGE


UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938









































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RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE OF THE
CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY, CON-
TINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS, CERTIFICATES OF
IDENTIFICATION, AND CERTIFICATES OF DISCHARGE
By virtue of the authority prescribed by sections 1 and 7 of the
act of June 25, 1936 (Public Law No. 808, 74th Cong., 49 Stat., p.
1930), and of sections 1 (f) and 1 (j) of the act of March 24, 19P37
(Public Law No. 25, 75th Cong.), the following rules and regulations
are prescribed for the carrying out of the provisions of section 1 of
the foregoing act of June 25, 1936, amending section 13 of the
seamen's act of March 4, 1915 (38 Stat., p. 1169), relative to the
issuance of certificates of service to able seaman, certificates of effi-
ciency to lifeboat man, certificates of service to qualified member of
the engine department, and certificates of service to persons other
than able seamen and qualified members of the engine department;
and for carrying out of the provisions of the act of March 24, 119:37
(Public Law No. 25), amending section 4551 R. S. as amended, rela-
tive to the issuance of continuous discharge books, certificates of
identification, and certificates of discharge.
Sec. 1.-GENERAL
(a) An applicant for a certificate of service or efficiency, or for a
continuous di:hliarge book, or certificate of identification shall make
written application, in duplicate, on Form 719-b. furnished by the
Department of Commerce. The placing of finger or thumb prints
on the application shall be optional with the sean ian. This applica-
tion may be for as many certificates or ratings for which the seaman
believes he is qualified. In the case of a seaman applying for his
first certificate of service or efficiency, the application shall include
a request. for a continuous discharge book or certificate of identifica-
tion.
(b) An applicant for a certificate of service for a rating other
than as able seaman or qualified member of the engine department
shall take oath before one of the local inspectors or other officer
authorized to give such oath that he will faithfully and honestly
perform all the duties required of him by law and carry out all
lawful orders of his superior officers on shipboard.
(c) Every person employed on any merchant vessel of the United
States of 100 tons gross and upward, except those navigating rivers
exclusively and the smaller inland lakes, below the rank of licensed
officer, shall have a certificate of service issued by a board of local
inspectors.
(d) When the application is submitted for a continuous discharge
book or certificate of identification, and one certificate of service, the
seaman shall furnish four (4) unmounted dull finish photographs
of passport type (11/ by 2 inches) taken within 1 year. The photo-
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graph shall show the full face at least 1 inch in height, and shall
show the head uncovered.
(e) When the application is for a certificate of service only, three
(3) such photographs shall be furnished. When additional certifi-
cates are requested, one (1) additional photograph is required for
each additional certificate.
(f) The applicant shall produce with his application discharges
or affidavits as documentary evidence of his service, indicating the
lianmles of the vessels on which he has had service, in what capacity,
and on what waters.
(g) Applicants holding old form able seaman or lifeboat man
certificates issued prior to the enactment of Public No. O-(S, Seventy-
fourth Congress, shall surrender such certificates when making
application for a new form certificate.
(h) All applicants for certificates of service or efficiency shall
appear in person before a board of local inspectors or their assistant
inspectors.
(i) If the applicant possesses a continuous discharge book or cer-
tificate of identification, it shall be exhibited to the board.
(j) The original copy of each application for a continuous dis-
charge book or certificate of identification and/or certificate of serv-
ice or efficiency shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Marine Inspec-
tion and Navigation at Washington. If the application is for a
certificate of service or efficiency, the Bureau stub of the certificate
shall be attached to the application. Such applications shall be ac-
conmpanied by Form 719-f listing the names, continuous discharged
book or certificate of identification numbers, and/or certificates of
service and efficiency numbers as shown on each application. At
ports where a large number of books and certificates are issued, the
applications together with Form 719-f shall be forwarded to the
Bureau daily, but at ports where the volume is small they may be.
sent in weekly. The copy of the application shall be retained in'
the local office.
(k) An applicant claiming to be a citizen of the United States
shall furnish satisfactory evidence of such citizenship to the issuing
officer. Such evidence may be a birth certificate, Certificate of
Naturalization, Marine License issued by the Bureau of Marine In-
spection and Navigation, Seaman's Protection Certificate, old form
of Seaman's Identification Certificate, Seaman's Passport, or an affi-
davit sworn to before a notary public by two persons who know he.
is an American citizen. If the seaman is unable to present such
proof, a quest ion mark shall be placed opposite nationality in the.
continuous discha-rge book or on the certificate of identification until
such time as he is able to present proof of citizenship, at which time
the United States shipping commissioner, or at ports where no ship-
ping commis~sionIer liis been appointed tlie collector or deputy col-
loctor of cni-toms or United States local inspector to whom such.
proof is presented slhall draw a line through the question mark and
note his citizen,-hip status in the splane provided thlerefor attesting
the change.
(7) No erasures may be made in continuous discharge books or
on ciI'rtifi,.at.es of ideiiifiii:tioi, ,or certificates of service or efficiency,
nor can ink eradicator be u.,ed. In making a cha ge in nationality,








age, or any other such change, a line will be drawn through the entry
already noted and the correct entry made and attested to by a United
States shipping commissioner, United States collector or deputy col-
lector of customs, or United States local or assistant inspector.
Sec. 2.-CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS AND CERTIFICATES OF
IDENTIFICATION
[Act of March 24, 1937, amending Sec. 4551 R. S., as amended]
(a) Every seaman employed on any merchant vessel of the United
States of 100 gross tons or upward, except vessels employed exclu-
sively in trade on the navigable rivers of the United States, shall be
issued, at the option of the sea man, a continuous discharge book or
certificate of identification upon application therefore, which shall be
retained by him. This book or certificate of identification will bear
a number, and this same number shall be shown on all certificates of
service or efficiency issued to the holder of the book or certificate of
identification. The term "navigable rivers" shall be held to include
all waters over which a vessel inspected and certificated under the
General Rules and Regulations prescribed by the Board of Super-
vising Inspectors for "Rivers" is permitted to be navigated.
(b) The shipping commissioner or, at ports where no shipping
commissioner has been appointed, the collector or deputy collector of
customs or United States local inspectors of steam vessels shall fill
in the information required in the continuous discharge book or cer-
tificate of identification, which information shall be taken from the
application, Form 719-b, and shall include the port and date of issue,
the name of the seaman in full, his date of birth, personal description,
statement of nationality, home address, and the signatures of the sea-
man and the issuing officer. He shall also attach the seaman's photo-
graph in the size and style herein required, impressing his official seal
partly over same, and witness the seaman's signature, and shall have
the seaman place his thumb print in the book or on the certificate of
identification. Care must be taken that the above information is
correctly entered.
(c) A monthly and yearly (fiscal year) report shall be forwarded
by all offices issuing continuous discharge books and certificates of
identification to the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation at
Washington showing the total number of continuous discharge books
and certificates of identification issued by their office.
(d) Every seaman, as referred to in subsection (a) of this section,
shall produce a continuous discharge book or certificate of identifica-
tion to the United States shipping commissioner before signing Ar-
ticles of Agreement, and where the seamen are not signed on before
a shipping commissioner the continuous discharge book or certificate
of identification shall be exhibited to the master of the vessel at the
time of his employment, as follows: As to vessels referred to in subsec-
tion (a) engaged in foreign and intercoastal voyages, immediately;
and as to all other vessels referred to in subsection (a), on and after
June 25, 1937. However, seamen who do not possess a continuous dis-
charge book or certificate of identification may be employed at a for-
eign port or place provided that seamen so employed shall be furnished
with either a continuous discharge book or certificate of identification








at the first port of entry in the United States or its territories at which
the vessel arrives after such seamen are employed.
(e) Only black ink shall be used in making entries in continuous
discharge books, certificates of identification, and certificates of
discharge.
Sec. 3.-ABLE SEAMAN
[Sec. 1 (a), act of June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13, act March 4, 1915]
An applicant for a certificate of service as able seaman shall be at
least. 19 years of age and meet the following -ervice requirements:

HIGH SEAS AND INLAND WATERS
(a) Three years' service on deck at sea or on the Great Lakes on
vessels of 100 gross tons or over to which sec. 1 (a) of the act of June
25, 1936, amending sec. 13 of the act of March 4, 1915, applies, includ-
ing decked fishing vessels and vessels in the United States Government.
service of .uich tonnage.
(b) Graduates of school ships approved by and conducted under
rules of the Secretary of Commerce and graduates of the United States
Naval Acadeiny and the United States Coast Guard Academy, upon
graduation in good standing.
(c) Twelve months on deck of such vessels at sea or on the Great
Lakes.
GREAT LAKES AND INLAND WATERS

(d) Eighteen months' service on deck at sea or on the Great Lakes,
smaller lakes, bays or sounds on vessels of 100 gross tons or over to
which sec. 1 (a) of the act of June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13 of the
act of March 4, 1915, applies, including decked fishing vessels and
vessels in United States Government service of such tonnage.
(e) No candidate for certificate of service as able seamen shall be
examined until he presents an official certificate of a physician of the
United States Public Health Service, or reputable physician accept-
able to the local inspectors, that his eyesight, hearing, and physical
condition are such that he can perform the duties required of an
able seaman, and that his color sense is normal.
(/) Before such a certificate is issued to any applicant, he shall
prove to the satisfaction of the board of local inspectors, both by oral
examination and by actual demonstration, that he has been trained in
all the operations conn ected with the launching of lifeboats and life
rafts, and the use of oars; that he is acquainted with the practical
handling of the boats themselves; ajd, further, that he is capable of
taking command of a boat's crew. If convenient to the board and
applicant, written examination may be given in lieu of oral
examination.
(g) The examination shall consist of questions regarding life-
boats and life rafts, the names of their essential parts, and a descrip-
tion of the required equipment; the clearing away, swinging out, and
lowering of boats and rafts, the handling of boats under oars, includ-
ing questions relative to the proper handling of a boat in running
before a heavy sea, in pulling into a sea, etc.; the construction and
functions of gravity, radial, and quadrantal types of davits. There






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shall also be included questions concerning the applicant's knowledge
of nautical terms; boxing the compass, either by degrees or points
according to his experience; running lights, passing signals, fog
signals for vessels on high seas, in inland waters, or on the Great
Lakes depending upon the waters on which the applicant has had
service; distress signals; knowledge of commands in handling the
wheel by obeying orders passed to him as "wheelsima n," and
knowledge of the use of engine-room telegraph or bell-pull signals.
(h) In the actual demonstr:,ition, the applicant shall show his
ability by taking command of a boat and directing the operation of
clearing away, swinging out, lowering the boat into the water, and
acting as coxswain in charge of the boat under oars. He shall
demonstrate his ability to row by actually pulling an oar in the boat.
He shall also deminnst rate knowledge of a few of the principal knots,
bends, splices, and hitches in common use by actually making them.
(i) Every person employed in a rating as able seaman on any
vessel coming under the provisions of these rules and regulations shall
produce a certificate as able seaman to the United States shipping
commissioner, United States collector or deputy collector of customs,
or master before signing Articles of Agreement.
(j) Each certificate issued shall state the waters on which the
holder is permitted to be employed as an able seaman.
Certificates issued to seamen under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this
section shall be issued for "Any Waters" and shall be green in color.
Certificates issued to seamen under paragraph (c) shall be for "Any
Waters-12 months" and shall be blue in color. (Holders of certifi-
cates under this provision are limited to one-fourth of the number of
able seamen required by law to be employed on a vessel.)
Certificates issued to seamen under paragraph (d) shall be for
"Great Lakes-18 months' service" and shall be blue in color. (Hold-
ers of certificates under this provision may comprise the required
number of able seamen on vessels on the Great Lakes and on the
smaller lakes, bays, and sounds.) If the seaman possesses the requisite
service for a certificate under paragraph (c), there shall be added
"High Seas-12 months."
Sec. 4.-LIFEBOAT MAN
[Sec. 1 (d), act June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13, act March 4, 1915]
(a) An applicant for certificate as lifeboat man shall be eligible
for examination after he has furnished satisfactory evidence to the
examiner that he has had the following experience: Not less than
12 months' sea service in the deck department; or, not less than 24
months' sea service in the other departments. Sea service means
actual experience on board vessels in ocean, lake, bay, or sound service.
Provided that graduates of school ships approved by and conducted
under rules prescribed by the Secretary of Commerce, and graduates
of the United States Naval Academy and United States Coast Guard
Academy shall be eligible for examination for a certificate as lifeboat
man without being required to furnish evidence of additional sea
service.
(b) Before a lifeboat man's certificate may oe granted the applicant
must prove to the satisfact ion of the examiner that he has been trained
in all the operations connected with launching lifeboats and life rafts









and the use of oars and sail; that he is acquainted with the practical
handling of the boats themselves; and, further, that he is capable of
understanding and answering the orders relative to lifeboat service.
(c) The oral examination shall consist of questions regarding the
construction of lifeboats and life rafts, the names of their different
parts, and a description of the equipment required; the construction
and functions of the gravity, radial and round-bar types of davits;
clearing away, swinging out, and lowering boats and rafts; handling
boats under oars and sails; and nautical terms used in connection with
launching and handling lifeboats.
(d) The practical examination shall consist of a demonstration of
the applicant's ability to carry out the orders incident to launching
lifeboats, and the use of the boat's sail, and to row.
(e) The certificate, Bureau record, and the stub shall bear an im-
print of the left thumb of the holder on the back thereof.
(/) Every person employed in a rating as lifeboat man on any
vessel coming under the provisions of these rules and regulations shall
produce a certificate as lifeboat man to the United States shipping
commissioner, United States collector or deputy collector of customs,
or master before signing Articles of Agreement.
Sec. 5.-QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT
[Sec. 1 (e), act of June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13, act of March 4, 1915]
(a) A qualified member of the engine depart ment is any person
below the rating of licensed officer and above the rating of coal passer,
or wiper, who holds a certificate of service as such qualified member
of the engine department issued by a board of local inspectors of the
Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation. An applicant for a
certificate of -ervice as qualified member of the engine department
shall produce to such inspectors definite proof of at least 6 months'
service at sea in a rating at least equal to that of coal passer or wiper
in the engine department. of vessels required to have such certificated
men, or proof that he is a graduate of a school ship approved by and
conducted under rules prescribed by the Secretary of Commerce, or a
graduate of the United States Naval Academy or the United States
Coast Guard Academy.
(b) No candidate for a certificate of service as a qualified meniber
of the engine department shall be examined until he presents a
certificate of a physician of the United States Public Health Service,
or reputable, physician acceptable to the local inspectors, attesting
that his eyesight, hearing, and physical condition are such that he
c1n perform the duties required of a qualified member of the engine
depart ment.
(c) Before such a certificate is issued to any applicant, lie shall
prove to the satisfaction of the board of local inspectors, by an oral
examination, that he is trained in the duties required by his certificate.
If convenient to the board and applicant, written examination may
be given in lieu of oral examination.
(d) Examinations shall consist of the following:
Firemen.-Applicant shall be examined on boiler operation, espe-
cially on oil-burniing systems and the hazards due to the accumulation
of oil in the furnaces or bilges, or on fireroom floors and tank tops.








He shall have a good working knowledge of the use of water feeding
devices, water indicators, pressure gages, safety valves, etc.
Oiler.-Applicant shall be given an examination on the operation
of propelling units and lubricating systems and shall have a knowl-
edge of the use of telegraphic or other maneuvering signals, also of
the operation of auxiliaries.
Watertndecr.-The applicant shall be required to pass an exami-
nation on pumps, heaters, injectors, or other methods of feeding;
also on burners and other equipment connected with fuel systems.
He also shall be examined as to the maintenance of a safe water
level in the boilers, the piping and connections used in the feed and
blow-off systems, and the hazards incurred from low water. He shall
also have a thorough knowledge of the engine and fireroom fire-fight-
ing equipment.
Deck engineer.-The applicant shall be examined as to his knowl-
edge of auxiliary machinery, such as winches, anchor windlasses.
steering gear, etc., also telemotors and fire -.xtinguishing apparatus
for cargo holds and confined spaces on deck.
Refrigerating ngTiw'er.-Applicant :shall be examined as to his
knowledge of the principles of refrigeration, the operation and
maintenance of refri'eratinir machinery.. and the hazards which pre-
vail in the use of certain refrigerants, also as to his knowledge of
how to act in any emergency, such as the accidental release of the
refrigerant into the refrigerating space.
(e). An applicant holding a certificate of service for a particular
rating as qualified member of the engine department and dtsiring
certification for another rating covered by this same form of cer-
tificate may, upon qualifying therefore, have endorsement made on
the back of his certificate covering such certification.
(f) Every person employed in a rating as qualified member of the
engine department on any vessel coming under the provisions of these
rules and regulations shall produce a certificate as qualified member
of the engine department to the United States shipping commis-
sioner, United States collector or deputy collector of customs, or
master before signing Articles of Agreement.
See. 6.-CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE FOR RATINGS OTHER THAN ABLE
SEAMAN OR QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT
[Sec. 1 (g), act June 25, 1.I-3,. amending sec. 13, act March 4, 1915]
(a) Certificates of service shall be issued to applicants for ratings
other than able seamen or qualified members of the engine depart-
ment, which certificates shall authorize the holders thereof to serve.
in the capacity specified therein. The applicant, however, shall pro-
duce satisfactory evidence to the local inspectors of his ability to per-
form the duties of the position for which he desires to be certificated.
(b) An applicant for a certificate of service as radio operator
shall produce to the local inspectors his unexpired license to act in
that capacity from the Federal Communications Commission.
(c) No examination will be required for such certificates of serv-
ice except that applicants for ratings contemplating the. handling of
food shall produce a certificate from a physician of the United States
Public Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to the local
inspectors, stating that he is free from conmmnunicable disease.








(d) An applicant for a certificate of service as deck boy shall pro-
duce a certificate from a physician of the United States Public
Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspec-
tors, that. he is qualified physically.
(e) No holder of a certificate of service as a deck boy may receive
a certificate of service as ordinary seaman until he shall have had an
aggregate of 6 months' service as deck boy.
(f) An applicant holding a certificate of service for a rating other
than able seaman, or qualified member of the engine department, and
desiring certification for another rating covered by this same form
of certificate may have endorsement made on the back of his certifi-
cate covering such certification, without examination; except that, if
the endorsement is for a rating contemplating the handling of food,
the applicant shall produce a certificate from a physician of the
United States Public Health Service, or reputable physician accept-
able to the local inspectors, stating that he is free from communicable
disease.
(g) Every person employed in a rating other than able seaman
or qualified member of the engine department of vessels coming under
the provisions of these rules and regulations shall produce a certifi-
cate of service for the capacity in which he is employed to the
United States shipping commissioner, United States collector or
deputy collector of customs, or master before signing Articles of
Agreement.
Sec. 7.-TANKERMAN
(a) Any applicant for a certificate as tankerman, not licensed as
Master, Mate, Pilot, or Engineer, shall be eligible for examination
after he has furnished satisfactory documents ry evidence to the local
inspectors that he is trained in, and capable efficiently to perform the
necessary operations on tank vessels which relate to the handling of
cargo.
(b) Such applicant shall secure. from the United States Public
Health Service, or from a reputable physician, acceptable to the local
inspectors, a certificate that he is in good physical condition.
(c) Before a certificate may be granted to such an applicant, he
must prove to the satisfaction of the local inspectors by an oral or
written examination that he is familiar with the general arrangement
of cargo tanks, suction and discharge pipe lines and valves, cargo
pumps and cargo hose, and has been properly trained in the actual
operation of cargo pumps, all other operations connected with the
loading and discharging of cargo, and the use of fire extinguishing
equipment.
(d) Applicants successfully passing such examinations shall re-
ceive a certificate as Tankerman, s stating the kinds or grades of
liquid cargo the holder is qualified to handle. The back of such
certificate and the stub shall bear an imprint of the left thumb of
the holder.
(e) Such certificate shall be subject to suspension or revocation on
the samine grounds and in the same manner and with like procedure as
is provided in the case of suspeinsion or reocat ion of licenses of offi-
cers under the provisions of section 4450 of the Revised Statutes and
the rules and regulations issued thereunder.








(f) The certificate as tankerman shall be surrendered to the local
inspectors by the holder upon the granting to him of a license.
See. 8.-RULES FOR PREPARATION AND ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF
SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY
(a) Upon application of any person for a certificate of service or
efficiency, it shall be the duty of the board of local inspectors to give
the applicant the required examination as soon as practicable in every
case where an examination is required, or have the assistant inspectors
give such examination.
(b) Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed examination,
the board of local inspectors shall prepare an original of each certifi-
cate which shall be delivered to the applicant. The board shall com-
plete one stub record to be forwarded to the Bureau in Washington,
together with the original copy of the completed application. An-
other stub record shall be completed and retained in the local office.
(c) Before delivery of the original certificate, the inspectors shall
place one of the photographs in the proper position upon the certifi-
cate, and the seamen shall affix his signature partly over his photo-
graph on the certificate in such manner as not to deface or obscure
any of the features, and shall likewise affix his signature to each of
the stubs. The seaman shall impress his left thumb print on the back
of the certificate of service or efficiency and upon each of the stubs.
When the sea man has no left thumb, the imprint of the right thumb
may be used and that fact noted.
(d) Each certificate shall be impressed with the seal of the issuing
board, placed partially over the signature and photograph of the
applicant. Each member of the issuing board shall affix his signa-
ture. The name of the issuing port, date of issue, and other perti-
nent information required to be shown on the certificate, including
the proper discharge book or certificate of identification number, shall
be properly entered.
(e) Any applicant for a certificate of service or efficiency who
has been duly examined and a certificate is refused by a board of
local inspectors will not be permitted to make application for re-
examination until 30 days have elapsed.
(f) A certificate of service or of efficiency is subject to suspension
or revocation on the same grounds and in the same manner and with
like procedure as is provided in the case of suspension or revocation
of licenses of officers under the provisions of section 4450 of the
Revised Statutes.
(g) If an applicant has had a certificate revoked and is seeking
a new one, the local inspectors shall, before issuing a new certificate,
forward to the Bureau a full report with reference thereto.
(h) Any person whose certificate of service or of efficiency has
been stolen, lost, or destroyed, shall report that fact to a board of
local inspectors as soon as possible, and if a duplicate certificate is
desired, shall make affidavit in duplicate on Form 719-e, furnishing
the same number of photographs as provided for in the case of an.
application for an original certificate. The board of local inspectors
shall forthwith transmit the original copy of the affidavit and two
photographs to the Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection
and Navigation, who shall thereupon cause to be prepared a cer-








tificate which shall be similar to the former certificate, bear the
same book or certificate of identification number as the former cer-
tificate, and be marked "duplicate." The certificate shall then be
forwarded to the proper board of local inspectors, who shall issue
the duplicate certificate in the same manner as an original.
(i) Whenever a certificate of service or of efficiency is reported to
a board of local inspectors as having been stolen, lost, or destroyed,
the local inspectors shall immediately report the fact by letter to the
Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, giving
all the facts incident to its loss or destruction. By the same pro-
cedure, they shall report the recovery of any certificate of service or
of efficiency, together with all facts incident to its recovery, and
shall forward the recovered certificate to the Director of the Bureau
of Marine Inspection and Navigation. The Bulletin published
monthly by the Bureau shall contain information of reported loss,
theft, revocation, or suspension of certificates.
(j) A monthly and yearly (fiscal year) report shall be forwarded
by each board of local inspectors to the Bureau of Marine Inspection
and Navigation at Washington showing the total number of each
form of certificates of service and efficiency issued by their office.
Sec. 9.-RULES AND REGULATIONS COVERING DISCHARGE OF SEAMAN
(a) Upon the discharge of any seaman and payment of his wages,
the shipping commissioner, or collector or deputy collector of cus-
toms at ports where no shipping commissioner has been appointed,
shall enter in the continuous discharge book of such seaman, if the
seaman carries such a book, the name and official number of the
vessel, the nature of the voyage (foreign, intercoastal, or coastwise),
the class to which the vessel belongs (steam, motor, sail, or barge),
the date and place of the shipment and of the discharge of such
seaman, the rating (capacity in which employed) then held by such
setiriman, and the signature of the person making such entries, and
nothing more. In cases where the law does not require the seaman to
be shipped and discharged before a shipping commissioner, the
master of the vessel shall make the required entries in the continuous
discharge book. All entries shall be made in black ink.
(b) Upon the discharge of any seaman who holds a certificate
of identification issued by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and
Navigation and payment of his wages, the shipping commissioner
or collector or deputy collector of customs at ports where no shipping
commissioner has been appointed shall issue to the seaman a certifi-
cate of discharge on Form 718-a, and make the required entries
therein showing the name and citizenship of the seaman to whom
it is issued, the serial number of his certificate of identification, the
name and official number of the vessel, the nature of the voyage
(foreign, intercoastal, or coastwise), the class to which the vessel
belongs (steam, motor, sail, or barge), the date and place of the
shipment and of the discharge of such seaman, and the rating
(capacity in which employed) then held by such seaman. The
certificate of discharge shall be signed by the seaman to whom it is
issuedl and the mai.teir of the vessel and shall be witnessed by the ship-
ping commissioner or, at ports wh1iere no slipping commissioner
has been appointed, by the collector or deputy collector of customs.








In cases where the law does not require the seaman to be shipped and
discharged before a shipping commissioner, the master of the vessel
shall issue such certificate of discharge and make the required entries
therein. All entries in certificates of discharge shall be made in
black ink.
(c) Upon the discharge of any seaman in a foreign port, the master
shall make the proper entries in the continuous discharge book and
on the ship's articles, and such entries shall be attested to by the
consular officer. If the seaman possesses a certificate of identifica-
tion, the master of the vessel shall issue to the seaman a certificate
of discharge on Form 718-a and make the required entries therein
which shall be attested by the consular officer. If the seaman has
lost his continuous discharge book or certificate of identification, the
master shall furnish him with a certificate of discharge (Form
718-a), attested to by the consular officer and note this fact on the
articles.
(d) If a seaman loses his continuous discharge book, certificate of
identification or certificate of discharge by shipwreck or other cas-
ualty, he shall be supplied with a duplicate of such book, certificate
of identification, or certificate of discharge free of charge, upon appli-
cation to a shipping commissioner, or, at ports where no shipping
commissioner has been appointed, to a collector or deputy collector
of customs or United States local inspector of steam vessels. In
other cases of loss a charge shall be made for a duplicate of such
book, certificate of identification, or certificate of discharge in an
amount equivalent to the cost thereof.
(e) The application for a duplicate continuous discharge bhol; or
certificate of identification shall be made in the form of an affida, it.
in duplicate on Form 719-e and three (3) photographs furnished.
The shipping commissioner, collector or deputy collector of customs,
or United States local inspectors of steam vessels shall transmit the
original copy of the affidavit and two (2) photographs to the Di-
rector of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, who shall
thereupon cause to be prepared a continuous discharge book or
certificate of identification bearing the same number as the former
book or certificate of identification, and marked "duplicate." An
affidavit for a duplicate certificate of discharge shall be made in
the same manner as for a duplicate continuous discharge book or
certificate of identification, except that it will not be necessary to
furnish photographs for such certificates of discharge. Entries in
duplicate continuous discharge books, certificates of identification, or
certificates of discharge as taken from available records shall be
made by the Central Records Section of the Bureau of Marine In-
spection and Navigation. The duplicate continuous discharge book,
certificate of identification, or certificate of discharge shall then be
forwarded to the proper shipping commissioner, collector or deputy
collector of customs, or United States local inspectors of steam ves-
sels, who shall issue the duplicate book or certificate of identification
in the same manner as an original or, in the case of certificates of
discharge shall deliver such certificates of discharge to the seaman.
(f) Wh1enever a continuous discharge book, certificate of identifi-
cation, or certificate of discharge is reported to a shipping commis-
sioner, collector of customs, or United States local inspector of steam
vessels as having been stolen, lost, or destroyed, the shipping com-








missioner, collector of customs, or United States local inspector of
steam vessels shall immediately report the fact by letter to the Direc-
tor of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, giving all
the facts incident to its loss or destruction. By the same procedure,
he shall report the recovery of a continuous discharge book, cer-
tificate of identification, or certificate of discharge with all the facts
incident to its recovery, and shall forward the recovered book, cer-
tificate of identification, or certificate of discharge to the Director of
the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.
(g) Pending the issuance of a duplicate of the continuous dis-
charge book, the shipping commissioner, or collector or deputy col-
lector of customs at ports where no shipping commissioner has been
appointed, may furnish the seaman with a certificate of discharge
(Form 718--a) at the completion of the voyage, and this fact shall be
noted on the articles. When the duplicate book has been issued, the
record of shipment and discharge as shown on the discharge will be
entered in the book, and the discharge shall be surrendered to the
issuing officer and forwarded to the Bureau of Marine Inspection
and Navigation.
(h) To facilitate the keeping of a complete record of the entries
made in the continuous discharge books and the certificates of dis-
charge issued to seamen holding certificates of identification, the
Shipping Articles have been revised to include the following items:
On the front of the agreement the following information has been
added: Name of ship; official number; port of registry; date of
registry; registered tons; gross and net; horsepower of engines;
name and address of the registered managing owner or operator;
number of seamen and apprentices for which accommodations are
certified; and class of ship.
(i) Columns have been added to the articles under "Particulars
of engagement" for entering the continuous discharge book number
or certificate of identification number and serial number of license
or certificate of service; and under "Particulars of discharge" col-
umns have been added to show the place, date, and cause of leaving
ship, or of death, also a column for mutual release.
(j) On the back of the Shipping Art icles the following have been
added:
A certification to the effect that such entries as are authorized by
the act of March 24, 1937, amending section 4551 R. S., as amended,
to be made in the continuous discharge books and on certificates of
discharge, agree with those made on the articles, to be signed by the
United States shipping commissioner or other officer duly authorized
to act as such.
A table showing citizenship requirements.
A recapitulation for showing the percentage of Americans on the
articles and a certification as to the correct iess of same to be signed
by the United States shipping commissioner or other officer duly
authorized to act as such.
A summary to show the different nationalities of the crew, segre-
gated by departments.
Extracts from the laws for the information of masters.
(k) In the future, Shipping Art icles shall be mnule out in triplicate.
One of the copies shall be retained by the shipping commissioner, and
the original and a copy given to the master who shall enter therein any









changes made in the crew during the voyage. In case of the paying
off of any members of the crew during voyage, they shall be required
to sign the mutual release on both the original and the duplicate of the
articles whether discharged before a shipping commissioner in an
American port or before an American consul in a foreign port. At the
completion of the voyage, when the crew is paid off, the mutual release
on both the original and the duplicate of the articles must be signed
by all members of the crew; and the original copy, which must contain
a complete record of the entries made in all continuous discharge books
during the voyage, and the entries made in all certificates of discharge
issued during the voyage to seamen holding certificates of identifi-
cation, shall be forwarded to the Bureau at Washington, D. C. The
duplicate copy shall be retained by the shipping commissioner.
(1) All columns on the Shipping Articles shall be properly filled in
and the certifications on the back properly signed. All entries made in
the continuous discharge books during the voyage, and the entries
made in all certificates of discharge issued during the voyage to sea-
men holding certificates of identification shall be shown on the ship's
articles.
(m) Every sean an shall be required, when signing articles, to pro-
duce his continuous discharge book or certificate of identification, as
well as his license or certificate of service, in order that the serial num-
bers may be entered on the articles.
(n) To further facilitate the keeping of a complete record of en-
tries made in continuous discharge books and certificates of discharge,
when seamen are not shipped and discharged before a shipping com-
missioner or collector or deputy collector of customs the master of
the vessel shall make a report to the Bureau of Ma rine Inspection and
Navigation, Washington, D. C., on Form 719-g, which must contain a
complete record of the entries made in continuous discharge books and
certificates of discharge, certified to by the master.
(o) This form shall be made out in duplicate and all information
must be correctly entered and the certifications on the back properly
signed. The report shall be submitted in duplicate to the .United
States shipping commissioner, or, at ports where no shipping commis-
sioner has been appointed, to the collector or deputy collector of cus-
toms. The original shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Marine In-
spection and Navigation and the duplicate shall be retained by the
shipping commissioner or collector or deputy collector of customs for
his records.
(p) The entries made in continuous discharge books and on cer-
tificates of discharge shall agree with the record of shipment and dis-
charge on Form 719-g. If a seaman leaves a vessel without obtaining
an entry in his book or a certificate of discharge, a notation to this
effect shall be made on the form opposite the seaman's name as well
as the date and place he left the ship.
The foregoing supersedes any rules and regulations heretofore issued
conflicting herewith.
Approved.
DANIEL C. ROPER,
Secretary of Cot mie rce.




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