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Rules and regulations for issuance of the certificates of service and efficiency, continuous discharge books, certificates of identification, and certificates of discharge
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RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES OF
SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY, CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS, CER-
TIFICATES 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 Congress, 49 Stat., p.
1930), and of section 1-f of the act of March 24, 1937 (Public Law No.
25, 75th Congress), 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 efficiency to lifeboat man, cer-
tificates 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 pro-
visions of the act of March 24, 1937 (Public Law No. 25), amending
section 4551 R. S. as amended, relative to the issuance of continuous
discharge books, certificates of identification, and certificates of dis-
charge.
Sec. I.-GENERAL
(a) An applicant for a certificate of service or efficiency, or for a con-
tinuous discharge book, or certificate of identification shall make writ-
ten application, in duplicate, on Form 719-b, furnished by the Depart-
ment of Commerce. The placing of finger or thumb prints on the
application shall be optional with the seaman. This application 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 identification.
(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 (1 x2 inches) taken within 1 year. The photograph
shall show the full face at least 1 inch in height, and shall show the
head uncovered.
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(e) When the application is for a certificate of service only, three (3)
such photographs shall be furnished. When additional certificates
are requested, one (1) additional photograph is required for each addi-
tional certificate.
(f) The applicant shall produce with his application discharges or
affidavits as documentary evidence of his service, indicating the
names of the vessels on which he has had service, in what capacity,
and on what waters.
(g) All existing certificates of service as able seaman or certificates
of efficiency as lifeboat man shall be surrendered, effective March 26,
1937 (old form of certificates only).
(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 discharge
book or certificate of identification and/or certificate of service 'or
efficiency shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Marine Inspection and
Navigation at Washington. Such applications shall be accompanied
by Form 719-f listing the names, continuous discharge book or cer-
tificate of identification numbers, and/or certificates of service and
efficiency numbers as shown on each application.
(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 Naturaliza-
tion, Marine License issued by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and
Navigation, Seaman's Protection Certificate, old form of Seamanks
Identification Certificate, Seaman's Passport, or an affidavit sworn
to before a notary public by two persons who know he is an American
citizen.
Sec. 2.-CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS AND CERTIFICATES .OF
IDENTIFICATION
[Act of March 24, 1937, amending See. 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 exclusively
in trade on the navigable rivers of the United States, shall be issued, at
the option of the seaman, 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 effi-
ciency 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 Supervising Inspectors for
"Rivers" is permitted to be navigated.
(b) The shipping commissioner or, at ports where no shipping com-
missioner 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 ori certifi-
cat e of identification, which information shall be taken from the applica-
tion, Form 719-B, and shall include the name of the seaman m full,








his date of birth, personal description, statement of nationality, and
home address. He shall also attach the seaman's photograph 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 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 certifi-
cates 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
Articles 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 subsection (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 discharge book or certificate of identification may be
employed at a foreign port or place provided that seamen so employed
shall.be furnished with either a continuous discharge book or certifi-
cate 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
S discharge books, certificates of identification, and certificates of
discharge.
Sec. 3.-ABLE SEAMAN
[Sec. I (a) act June 25, 1936, amending see. 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 service requirements:

HIGH SEAS AND INLAND WATERS
F (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
i 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 such tonnage.
(b) Graduates of school ships approved by and conducted under
rules of the Secretary of Commerce who have served 12 months at sea
following graduation.
(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
rhich sec. 1 (a) of the act of June 25, 1936, amending see. 13 of the

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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 seaman shall be
examined until he presents an official certificate of a. physician of the
United States Public Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable
to the local inspectors, that his eyesight, hearing, and physical condi-
tion are such that he can perform the duties required of an able seaman,
and that his color sense is normal.
(f) 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 connected 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; and, further, that he is
capable of taking command of a boat's crew. If convenient to board
and applicant, written examination may be given in lieu of oral
examination.
(g) The examination shall consist of questions regarding lifeboats
and life rafts, the names of their essential parts, and a description of
the required equipment; the clearing away, swinging out, and lower-
ing of boats and rafts, the handling of boats under oars, including
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 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 "wheelsman", and knowledge of the use of engine-
room telegraph or bell-pull signals.
(h) In the actual demonstration, 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 demon-
strate his ability to row by actually pulling an oar in the boat. He
shall also demonstrate knowledge of a few of the principal knots,
bends, splices, and hitches in conunmmon use by actually making them.
(i) All existing certificates of service as able seaman shall be sur-
rendered, effective March 26, 1937 (old form of certificate only), and
the above regulations for the issuance of certificates of service as able
seaman, when affecting a person surrendering a bona-fide certificate
and applying for a new certificate in lieu thereof, shall be modified
in the following respect:
No physical examination shall be required unless the applicant in
the opinion of the local inspectors obviously suffers physical defects
appearing to render him incapable of performing such duties; and nbo
further examination shall be required if the local inspectors are satis-
fied-from the statements submitted by him in his affidavit and appli-
cation, or from other evidence-that the applicant is qualified as an
able seaman. The local inspectors shall also satisfy themselves that
the applicant surrendering the certificate is the bona-fide holder
thereof before issuing a new certificate.








(f) 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. (Holders 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, 19151
(a) An applicant for a certificate of efficiency as lifeboat man shall
have the qualifications and satisfactorily pass the examination pre-
scribed by the existing rules and regulations of the Board of Supervis-
ing Inspectors. The certificates shall be issued to successful applicants
by the local inspectors.
(b) All existing certificates of efficiency as lifeboat man shall be
surrendered, effective March 26, 1937 (old form of certificate only),
and a new certificate will be issued in lieu thereof, upon application
therefore. No further examination shall be required if the local in-
spectors are satisfied-from the statements submitted by him in his
affidavit and application, or from other evidence-that the applicant
is qualified as a lifeboat man. The local inspectors shall also satisfy
themselves that the applicant surrendering the certificate is the bona
fide holder thereof before issuing a new certificate.
Sec. 5.-QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT
[Sec. 1 (e) act of June 25, 1936, amending see. 13, act of Mareh 4, 1915]
(a) A qualified member of the engine department 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 service 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.
(b) No candidate for a certificate of service as a qualified member
of the engine department shall be examined until he presents a cer-
. tificate 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 can
perform the duties required of a qualified member of the engine
department.







(c) Before such a certificate is issued to any applicant, he 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 board and applicant, written examination may be.
given in lieu of oral examination.
(d) Examinations shall consist of the following:
Fireman.-Applicant shall be examined on boiler operation, espe-
cially on oil-burning systems and the hazards due to the accumulation
of oil in the furnaces or bilges, or on fire-room 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 knowledge
of the use of telegraphic or other maneuvering signals, also of the
operation of auxiliaries.
Water tender.-The applicant shall be required to pass an examina-
tion 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 fire-room fire-fighting
equipment.
Deck engineer.-The applicant shall be examined as to his knowledge
of auxiliary machinery, such as winches, anchor windlasses, steering
gear, etc., also telemotors and fire extinguishing apparatus for cargo
holds and confined spaces on deck.
Refrigerating engineer.-Applicant shall be examined as to his
knowledge of the principles of refrigeration, the operation and main-
tenance of refrigerating machinery, and the hazards which prevail 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 desiring
certification for another rating covered by this same form of certificate
may, upon qualifying therefore, have endorsement made on the back of
his certificate covering such certification.
(f) Personnel employed in the engine department of vessels covered
by sec. 1 (e) of the act of June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13 of the act of
March 4, 1915, and having the required sea service of 6 months on the
effective date of these regulations need pass only the oral examination
provided herein. No physical examination shall be required unless
the applicant, in the opinion of the local inspectors, obviously suffers
physical defects appearing to render him incapable of performing such
duties.
Sec. 6.-CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE FOR RATINGS OTHER THAN.ABLE
SEAMAN OR QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT
[Sec. I (g), act June 25, 1936, 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

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inM the capacity specified therein. The applicant, however, shall
produce satisfactory evidence to the local inspectors of his ability to
perform the duties of the position for which he desires to he certifi-
(b) An applicant for a certificate of service as radio operator shall
pabduce 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 service
except that applicants for ratings contemplating the handling of food;
shdalrproduce a certificate from a physician of the U. S. Public Health
Service,' or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspectors,
seating that he is free from communicable disease.
~:'.(d) An applicant for a certificate of service as deck boy shall pro-
dueeia -certificate from a physician. of the U. S. Public Health Service,
or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspectors, 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
aggiegate of 6 months' service as deck boy.
(f.) IAn 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 certificate
covering. such certification, without examination; except that, if the
enxdkrsement is for a rating contemplating the handling of food, the
applicant shall produce a certificate from a physician of the U. S.
Pubhaic Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to the local
lspectors, stating that he is free from communicable disease.
?..7-,.f-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
K the applicant the required examination as soon as practicable in
tI very ease where an examination is required, or have the assistant
: mpeetors give such examination.
:. '(b): Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed examination,
Stheboard of local inspectors shall prepare an original of each certificate
iehl shall be delivered to the applicant. The board shall complete
S tie'tub record to be forwarded to the Bureau in Washington, together
w tibh.the original copy of the completed application. Another stub
i: trd Lshall be completed and retained in the local office.
: (c) Before delivery of the original certificate, the inspectors shall
14pl one of the photographs :in the proper position upon the certifi-
hith'amid' the seaman shall affix his signature partly over his photo-
a: ph 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 may at his option impress his left thumb
S 'iht' on the 'back of the certificate of service or efficiency and upon
each of the stubs. When the seaman has no left thumb, the imprint
i: e iight, thumb may be used and that fact noted.
i: ) Each certificate shall be impressed with the seal of the issuing
':W! !r, placed partially over the signature and photograph of the







applicant. Each member of the issuing board shall affix his signature.
The name of the issuing port, date of issue, and other pertinent infor-
mation 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 of 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 reexamination
until 30 days have elapsed.
(f) A certificate of service or of efficiency is subject to suspension
or revocation if the holder thereof is found guilty of any act of incom-
petency or misconduct or any act in violation of the provisions of
Title 52 of the Revised Statutes or of any of the regulations issued
thereunder. Such suspension or revocation shall be in accordance
with the provisions of 4450 R. S., as amended.
(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 forth-
with 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 certificate which shall be
similar to the former certificate, bear the same book or certificate of
identification number as the former certificate, 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, thelt, revoca-
tion, or suspension of certificates.
(j) A monthly and yearly 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. 8. 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 customs
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
plae iof the shipment and of the discharge of such seaman, the rating
capacityy in which employed) then held by such seaman, and the
signature of the person making such entries, and nothing more. In
:eases-where the law does not require the seaman to be shipped and
das harged .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.
%6). Upon the discharge of any seaman who holds a certificate of
identification issued by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navi-
g3ion: and payment of his wages, the shipping commissioner or
'collector or deputy collector of customs at ports where no shipping
counmsioner has been appointed shall issue to the seaman a certifi-
bate odf 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
wtemei afid official number of the vessel, the nature of the voyage
(foreign, intercoastal, or coastwise), the class to which the vessel be-
-los ra (steam, motor, sail, or barge), the date and place of the ship-
ifint and of the discharge of such seaman, and the rating (capacity
-in: which employed) then held by such seaman. The certificate of
disbhatrge shall be signed by the seaman to whom it is issued and the
iste fofa the vessel and shall be witnessed by the shipping commis-
'sidner or, at ports where no shipping commissioner has been appointed,
by. the collector or deputy collector of customs. In cases where the
liw :does not require the seaman to be shipped and discharged before
'W shipping commissioner, the master of the vessel shall issue such
ebAlificate of discharge and make the required entries therein. All
lentries'in certificates of discharge shall be made in black ink.
S(eo'Upon the discharge of any seaman in a foreign port the master
shall make the proper entries in the continuous discharge book and on
Se.ship's articles, and such entries shall be attested to by the consular
tffiecr. If the seaman possesses a certificate of identification, the mas-
-tedif the vessel shall issue to the seaman a certificate of discharge on
ForWm 718-A and make the required entries therein which shall be
'atkteted'by the consular officer. If the seaman has lost his continuous
di'1 Marge book or certificate of identification, the master shall furnish
him'with EL temporary certificate of discharge (Form 719-A), attested
to' by the consular officer and note this fact on the articles.
"'h(t) If a seaman loses his continuous discharge book, certificate of
ibAntification or certificate of discharge by shipwreck or other casualty,
he4wsha be supplied with a duplicate of such book, certificate of identi-
fiittion, or certificate of discharge free of charge, upon application 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
tia.ll. be made for a duplicate of such book, certificate of identification,
r ce6rtificate of discharge in an amount equivalent to the cost thereof.
{(i:) The application for a duplicate continuous discharge book or
certificate of identification shall be made in the form of an affidavit in
'Itphlieate on-Form-719-e and three (3) photographs furnished. The
Sshippilg' 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 Director
of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, who shall there-
upon cause to be prepared a continuous discharge book or certificate
of identification bearing the same number as the former book or certi-
cate 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 identifica-
tion, except that it will not be necessary to furnish photographs for
such certificates of discharge. Entries in duplicate continuous dis-
charge 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 Inspection 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 vessels, 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) Whenever a continuous discharge book, certificate of identifica-
tion, or certificate of discharge is reported to a shipping commissioner,
collector of customs, or United States local inspector of steam vessels
as having been stolen, lost, or destroyed, the shipping commissioner,
collector of customs, or United States local inspector of steam vessels
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 procedure, he shall
report the recovery of a continuous discharge book, certificate of
identification, or certificate of discharge with all the facts incident to
its recovery, and shall forward the recovered book, certificate 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 discharge
book or of the certificate of identification, the shipping commissioner,
or collector or deputy collector of customs at ports where no shipping
commissioner has been appointed, may furnish the seaman with a
temporary certificate of discharge (Form 719-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 dis-
charge as shown on the temporary discharge will be entered in the
book, and the temporary discharge shall be surrendered to the issuing
officer; or when a duplicate of the certificate of identification has
been issued, a certificate of discharge on Form 718-A, will be furnished
the seaman and the temporary discharge surrendered to the issuing
officer.
(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 regis-
try; registered tons; grcss and net; horsepower of engines; name and
address of the registered managing owner or operator; number of sea-








b tmn 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
?tertificate of service; and under "Particulars of discharge" columns
have- been added to show the place, date, and cause of leaving ship,
or tifdeath, also a column for mutual release.
it On the back of the Shipping Articles the following have been

" -~Atertification to the effect that such entries as are authorized by the
eak4f .March 24, 1937, amending section 4551 R. S., as amended, to
bMh4e.- in the continuous discharge books and on certificates of dis-
c'dargi gree with those made on the articles, to be signed by the U. S.
Shi'.pig Commissioner or other officer duly authorized to act as such.
~~"tiable- showing citizenship requirements.
iA leapitulation for showing the percentage of Americans on the
artie's 6 gnd a certification as to the correctness of same to be signed
'by ith' e. S: Shipping Commissioner or other officer duly authorized
to' 8ct as such.
A summary to show the different nationalities of the crew, segre-
gt '~~ W' departments.
Extracts from the laws for the information of masters.
(k) In the future, Shipping Articles shall be made out in triplicate.
One of the copies shall be retained by the shipping commissioner, and
th originall 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 dupli-
cate 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 dis-
charge books during the voyage, and the entries made in all certifi-
cates of discharge issued during the voyage to seamen holding certi-
ficates of identification, shall be forwarded to the Bureau at Wash-
ington, 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 seaman 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
numbers may be entered on the articles.
(n) To further facilitate the keeping of a complete record of entries
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


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the vessel shall make a report to the Bureau of Marine Inspection
and Navigation, Washington, D. C., on Form 719-G, which must
contain a complete record of the entries made in continuous dis-
charge books and certificates of discharge, certified to by the master.
(o) Pending the preparation and distribution of permanent certifi-
cates of identification and permanent certificates of discharge there
will be issued a temporary form of certificate of identification and
temporary certificate of discharge in lieu thereof, which temporary
certificates shall have the same force and effect as the permanent
certificates of identification and certificates of discharge and shall be
issued according to the regulations herein prescribed for permanent
certificates of identification and permanent certificates of discharge,
except that the number of such temporary certificate of identification
will not be placed on certificates of service and efficiency. The space
provided on such certificate of service or efficiency for a book or cer-
tificate of identification number shall be left blank until the permanent
certificate of identification is issued, at which time the number will be
filled in. These temporary certificates of identification and temporary
certificates of discharge shall be replaced by permanent certificates of
identification and permanent certificates of discharge not later than
June 25, 1937.
The foregoing supersedes any rules and regulations heretofore issued
conflicting herewith.
Approved March 26, 1937.
ERNEST G. DRAPER,
Acting Secretary of Commerce.





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