U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DANIEL C. ROPER, Secretary
0... .BUREAU OF MARINE INSPECTION AND NAVIGATION
- I: JOSEPH B. WEAVER, Director
r NOTICE TO SHIPOWNERS, SUPERVISING AND
E9OCAL INSPECTORS, SHIPPING COMMISSIONERS
-LLEECTORS OF CUSTOMS, MASTERS, AND SEAMEN
iJSE-S AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE OF THE
+: ^ CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY
S AND OF CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS
DECEMBER 26, 1936
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NOTICE TO SHIPOWNERS, SUPERVISING AND LOCAL INSPECTORS,
SHIPPING COMMISSIONERS, COLLECTORS OF CUSTOMS, MASTERS,
AND SEAMEN; AND RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE OF
THE CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY, AND OF CON-
TINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS
That all interested may have a clear and correct understanding
of Public, No. 808, 74th Congress, an act approved June 25, 1936,
amending section 13 of the act of March 4, 1915, to promote the wel-
fare of American seamen in the merchant marine of the United
States; to abolish arrest and imprisonment as a penalty for deser-
tion and to secure the abrogation of treaty provisions in relation
thereto; and to promote safety at sea; to maintain discipline on ship-
board; and for other purposes, the following statement is prepared.
This act is designed primarily to improve conditions aboard ship
and to give protection to the seagoing personnel who may be en-
titled to this protection by reason of their years of service, pro-
ficiency, and expertness in their profession. Much of the legislation
passed heretofore has not given this protection, and, as result, it
has been possible for a man without. the necessary qualifications to
receive the same advantages as the thoroughly qualified man.
This new law, among other things, establishes: (1) The three-
watch system and the 8-hour basic day on merchant vessels of the
United States of more than 100 tons gross excepting those navi-
gating rivers, harbors, lakes (other than Great Lakes), bays, sounds,
bayous, and canals, exclusively; (2) the monthly inspection of crew
quarters by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation; (3)
the Americanization of our crews on our vessels, requiring 75 percent
of the crew below the grade of licensed officers to be full American
citizens; and (4) the new system of certificates and examinations for
all seagoing personnel.
This law provides for the cancellation of all existing lifeboat-
man and able seaman certificates, because it. is common knowledge
that these certificates are oftentimes sold as well as counterfeited,
and consequently are in numerous cases in the possession of those
to whom they were not issued. The law provides for a new series
of certificates. The section with reference to these certificates be-
comes effective December 25, 1936, provided that if it is found
impracticable by the Department of Commerce to furnish such
certificates upon that date, the Secretary of Conunerce may, in his
discretion, extend the effective date for a period not exceeding 3
months. This new certificate, which will carry a photograph of the
seaman, is of such nature that it will be difficult for anyone improp-
erly to present or to possess such a certificate. Incident to the
issuance of these new certificates, a more intelligent examination
is contemplated, so that the certificate will actually mean what its
name implies-a certificate to the efficiency of the holder.
All men now rightfully holding certificates as lifeboat men and
able seamen will be exempt from further examinations if the
local inspectors are satisfied that the applicants (from the statements
submitted by them in their affidavits and application, or other evi-
dence) are qualified as lifeboat men or able seamen, as thercase may
be, and are the rightful holders of the certificates presented for ex-
change for the new form certificates.
This act requires further that every member of the crew below
the rank of licensed officer shall be in possession of such certificate
of service before being eligible to ship on an American vessel of 100
gross tons and over. Such a certificate is also required for the engine
room force above the rating of wiper and coal passer; and, by the
act of June 22, 1936 (Public 765-49 Stat., p. 1889), for "Tanker-
men"-those especially trained in handling dangerous cargoes. For
all other members of the crew a certificate of service is required, on
which will be endorsed the rating or occupation for which that
particular man is qualified.
Coincident with the issuance of these certificates, there will be fur-
nished to every seagoing man below the rank of master, a so-called
Continufous Discharge Book, which is merely a Continuous Service
Record Book, the sole purpose of which is to give a complete record
in substantial book form, with a photograph of the holder, of every
voyage the holder has made and the position which the holder has
had on the voyage in question. The law is plain that no notations
are permitted to be made in this book in regard to character, effi-
ciency, or ability of the holder of the book. This book contains, in
addition to the seaman's identification, only the record of the voyages
that the seaman has made and his position on these voyages. This
book is practically a Government passport, identifying our sea-going
citizens. These Continuous Discharge Books will take the place of
the numerous discharge slips and provide for: (1) identification of
the individual; (2) the ships upon which he has served; (3) the
trades in which he has been employed; and (4) -the length of such
service. The book will contain nothing which could in any manner
be construed as detrimental to the individual. There is nothing
whatsoever in the book concerning the ability or character of the
holder. This record book provides a safeguard against irresponsible
elements slipping in through misidentification and taking the jobs
of men who follow the sea as a calling, and its use will be a protec-
tion-and a benefit to all steady, industrious, and ambitious seamen.
Centralized records will be kept in the Bureau at Washington and
any seaman may, upon application, receive his complete record, if for
any purpose it is necessary.
The oath which the seaman takes when lie is issued his certificate
is the same as that taken by licensed officers, and has been in force
for the last 65 years. Furthermore, this certificate cannot be revoked
or suspended until after hearings and trial before a proper board
have shown such revocation or suspension to be justified in fact, in
thesafie manner as in the case of a licensed officer. The use of this
dath will work to the benefit of the seaman in the same manner as
it has for the officers.
J. B. WEAVER, Director.
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), 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 (3S Stat., p. 1169). and section 3 of the said act amending sec-
tion 4551 R. S., relative to the issuance of certificates of service to
able seaman, certificates of efficiency to lifeboat man, certificates of
service to qualified member of the engine department, certificates of
service to persons other than able seamen and qualified members of
the engine department, and continuous discharge books:
(a) An applicant for any of the above certificates, or for a con-
t inuous discharge book 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 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, the application shall
include a request for a continuous discharge book.
(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 that he will faith-
fully 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 Ticensed
officer, shall have a certificate of service issued by a board of local
(d) When the application is submitted for a continuous discharge
book and one certificate of service, the seaman shall furnish four (4)
unmounted photographs (11,'x2 inches) taken within 1 year. The
photograph shall show the full face at least 1 inch in height, and
shall show the bare head.
(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
names of tiw vessels on which he has had service, in what capacity,
and on what. waters.
(q) All existing certificates of service as able seaman or certificates
of efficiency as lifeboat, man shall be surrendered, effective December
26, 1936, or at such later date as may be fixed by the Secretary of
Commerce, as authorized by the act..
(li) All applications for certificates of service or efficiency shall
be presented by the applicant in person to a board of local inspectors.
(1) If the applicant possesses a continuous discharge book, it shall
be exhibited to the board.
(J) Applications in the form hereto attached will be furnished to
applicants for certificates of service and efficiency and continuous
discharge books. (Form 719-b follows:)
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(Name orf ay)-) (pro-t oel)
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
BUREAU OF MARINE INSPECTION AND NAVIGATION
Continuous Discharge Book (D)
Application for Seaman's Certificate of Efficiency as Lifeboat Man (0)
I Certificate of Service as .............................. _(0)
(Ocean, Great Lakes and Inland Waters, Coastwise, Rivers, and Harbors)
(APPLICATION TO BE MADE OUT IN DUPLICATE)
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U. S. LOCAL fINSPEc-ORS or U. S. SHIPPING COMMISSIONER,
(or such designated authority)
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Continuous Discharge Book (D)
I hereby apply for a Seaman's Certifidate of Efficiency as Lifeboat Man ()
Certificate of Service as............- .............. (0)
On the following sheets I have submitted a statement, of my previous sea service, birth, nationality, and
other data necessary for proper identification, and I hereby certify that said statement, is true and correct.
Applicant's signature ....-----............................................
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by law and carry, out the lawful orders of my superior officers on shipboard.
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Sec. 2.-CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS
[Sec. 3. act of June 25, 1936, amending Sec. 4551, R. 8.]
(a) Every seaman employed on any merchant vessel of the United
States of 100 gross tons or over (except vessels employed exclusively
in trade on the navigable rivers of the United States) shall be issued
a continuous discharge book upon application therefore, which shall
be retained by him. This book 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. 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 collector or deputy collector of
customs, at ports where no shipping commissioner has been appointed,
shall fill in the information required in the continuous discharge
book, which information shall be taken from the application, Form
719-B, and shall include the name of the seaman in full, his date of
birth, personal description, statement of nationality, home address,
and grade and number of licenses or certificates held. 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. Care must be taken that the above information is cor-
(e) Every seaman, as referred to in subsection (a) of this section,
shall produce a continuous discharge book to the U. S. Shipping
Commissioner before signing Articles of Agreement, and where the
seamen are not signed on before a shipping commissioner the con-
tinuous discharge book shall be produced to the master of the vessel
at the time of his employment, as follows: As to vessels engaged in
foreign and intercoastal voyages, 6 months after the enactment of
the act, and as to all other vessels within 1 year after the enactment
of the act. When a seaman has lost his book and has made applica-
tion for a duplicate book, he may produce a Temporary Certificate
of Discharge, Form 719-A, in lieu thereof.
(d) Only black ink shall be used in making entries in continuous
Sec. 3.-ABLE SEAMAN
[Sec. 1 (a) act 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 service requirements:
(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 Govern-
ment service of such tonnage. (Green Certificate-Any Waters.)
(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. (Green Certificate-Any Waters.)
(c) Twelve months on deck of such vessels at sea or on the Great
Lakes (Blue Certificate-Any Waters-holders of certificates under
this provision being limited to one-fourth of the number required by
law to be employed on a vessel).
(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. (Blue
Certificate-When used on the high seas, holders of certificates under
this provision being limited to one-fourth of the number required
by law to be employed on a vessel.)
(c) 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 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 connected with the launching of life-
boats 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
(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
lowering of boats and rafts, the handling of boats under oars, in-
cluding questions relative to the proper handling of a boat in run-
ning 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 knowl-
edge 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 dem-
onstrate 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 common use by actually making
(i) All existing certificates of service as able seaman shall be
surrendered, effective December 26, 1936, or at such later date as may
be fixed by the Secretary of Commerce, as authorized by the act, 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 no further examination shall be required if the local
inspectors are satisfied-from the statements submitted by him in his
affidavit and application, 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.
Sec. 4.-LIFEBOAT MAN
[Sec. 1 (d) act June 25, 1936, amending see. 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 Super-
visingInspectors. The certificates shall be issued to successful appli-
cants by the local inspectors.
(b) All existing certificates of efficiency as lifeboat man shall be
surrendered, effective December 26, 1936, or at such later date as may
be fixed by the Secretary of Commerce, as authorized by the act, and
a new certificate will be issued in lieu thereof, upon application there-
for. No further examination shall be required if the local inspectors
are satisfied-from the statements submitted by him in his affidavit
and application, or from other evidence-that the applicant is quali-
fied as a lifeboat man. The local inspectors shall also satisfy them-
selves 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 sec. 13, act of March 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 inspec-
tors of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation. An ap-
plicant for a certificate of service as qualified member of the engine
department shall have had at least 6 months' service at sea in the
engine department of a vessel required to have certificated men and
shall produce satisfactory documentary evidence of such service.
(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
t (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 exami-
I nation 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 accumula-
tion 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 knowl-
edge of the use of telegraphic or other maneuvering signals, also of
the operation of auxiliaries.
Water tender.-Thle applicant shall be required to pass an exam-
ination on pumps, heaters, injectors, or other methods of feeding;
also on burners and other equipment connected with fuel systems.
He shall also 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
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 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 refrig-
erant 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 certifi-
cate, 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 cov-
ered 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. 1 (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 in
the capacity specified therein. The applicant, however, shall pro-
duce satisfactory evidence to the local inspectors of his ability to
perform the duties of the position for which he desires to be
(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 U. S. Public
Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspec-
tors, stating that he is free from communicable disease.
(d) An applicant for a certificate of service as deck boy shall pro-
duce a certificate from a physician of the U. S. Public Health Serv-
ice, 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
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 U. S. Public Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to
the local inspectors, stating that he is free from communicable
Sec. 7.-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.
(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.
(a) Before delivery of the original certificate, the inspectors shall
place one of the photographs in the proper position upon the certifi-
cate, and the seaman shall affix his signature partly over his photo-
graph oni 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
print on the back of the certificate and upon each of the stubs.
When the seaman 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 number, shall be properly entered.
(e) Any applicant for a certificate of service or of efficiency who
has been duly examined and refused by a board of local inspectors
will not be permitted to make application for reexamination until 30
days have elapsed.
(/) A certificate of service or of efficiency is subject to suspension
or revocation if the holder thereof is found guilty of any act of in-
competency 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 appli-
cation for an original certificate. The board of local inspectors shall
forthwith transmit the original copy of the affidavit and two photo-
grap)hs to the Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Nav-
igation, who shall thereupon cause to be prepared a certificate which
shall be similar to the former certificate, bear the same book 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
procedure, 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.
Sec. 8.-RULES AND REGULATIONS COVERING DISCHARGE OF
(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 the name, class, and official
number of the vessel; the nature of the voyage; the date and place
of shipment and of discharge of such seaman; and the rating then
held by the seaman. Whenever a seaman is discharged in any col-
lection district, where no shipping commissioner has been appointed;
or other officer designated to act as such, the master of the vessel
shall perform the duties of the shipping commissioner and shall make
the proper entries in the continuous discharge book. 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 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 con-
sulair officer. If the seaman has lost his continuous discharge book,
the master shall furnish him with a temporary certificate of discharge
(Form 719-a), attested to by the consular officer and note this fact
on the articles.
(c) If a seaman loses his continuous discharge book by shipwreck
or other casualty, he will be furnished with a duplicate book free of
charge, upon application to a shipping commissioner or collector or
deputy collector of customs at ports where no shipping commissioner
has been appointed. In other cases of loss, a charge shall be made
for a duplicate book in an amount equivalent to the cost thereof.
(d) The application for such duplicate book shall be made in the
form of an affidavit on Form 719-e and three (3) photographs fur-
nished. The shipping commissioner, or collector or deputy collector
of customs, 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 thereupon cause to be prepared a continu-
ous discharge book, bearing the same number as the former book, and
marked "duplicate." The book shall then be forwarded to the proper
shipping commissioner or collector or deputy collector of customs,
who shall issue the duplicate book in the same manner as an original.
(e) Whenever a continuous discharge book is reported to a ship-
ping commissioner or collector of customs as having been stolen, lost,
or destroyed, the shipping commissioner or collector of customs 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 with all the facts inci-
dent to its recovery, and shall forward the recovered book to the
Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.
(f) Pending the issuance of a duplicate book, the shipping com-
missioner, or collector or deputy collector of customs, at ports where
no shipping commissioner has been appointed, may furnish the sea-
man 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 discharge as shown on the temporary discharge will
be entered in the book, and the temporary discharge shall be sur-
rendered 'to the issuing officer.
(g) To facilitate the keeping of a complete record of the entries
made in the continuous discharge books, 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; horse power of engines; name and address of the
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registered managing owner or operator; number of seamen andiap-
prentices for which accommodations are certified; and class of shil,
(h) Columns have been added to the articles under "Particulars oS,
engagement" for entering the continuous discharge book number and
serial number of license or certificate of service; and under "Particu4
lars of discharge", columns have been added to show the place, date,
and cause of leaving ship, or of death, also a column for mutual release.
(i) On the back of the Shipping Articles the following have beeh
A certification to the effect that such entries as are authorized, h
section 3 of the act of June 25, 1936, to be made in the continuo-e
discharge books agree with those made on the articles, to be signedI
the U. S. Shipping Commissioner or other officer duly authorizedid'
act as such. p. .
A table showing citizenship requirements.
A recapitulation for showing the percentage of Americans on to
articles and a certification as to the correctness of same to be sign
by the U. S. Shipping Commissioner or other officer duly authorizi
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. :
(j) In the future, Shipping Articles shall be made out in triplicase.
One of the copies shall be retained by the shipping commissioner, a4i-
the original and a copy given to the master who shall enter there
any changes made in the crew during the voyage. In case of the pay-
ing off of any members of the crew during the voyage, they shall A
required to sign the mutual release on both the original and the dupli-
cate of the articles whether discharged before a shipping conunissioner
in an American port or before an Xmerican 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 bi
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, shall be forwarded to the Bureau at Washington... The:
duplicate copy shall be retained by the shipping commissioner. If
(k4) All columns on the Shipping Articles shall be properly filled
in and the certifications on the back properly signed. All entries maidfi
in the continuous discharge books shall be shown on the ship's articles.
(1) Every seaman shall be required, when signing articles, to. pro-.
duce his continuous discharge book or temporary certificate of dis-
charge, as well as his license or certificate of service, in order that the
serial numbers may be entered on the articles.
The foregoing supersedes any rules and regulations heretofore issued
conflicting herewith. ': ':
Approved December 22, 1936. .
DANIEL C. ROPER, '
Secretary of Commerce.
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