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U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DANIEL C. ROPER, Secretary
'BUREAU OF MARINE INSPECTION AND NAVIGATION
JOSEPH B. WEAVER, Director
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE
THE CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND
EFFICIENCY AND OF CONTINUOUS
DECEMBER 26, 1936
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RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ISSUANCE
'OF THE CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE AND
EFFICIENCY, AND OF CONTINUOUS DIS-
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 (38 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 continu-
ous discharge book shall make written application, in duplicate, on
Form 719-b, furnished by the Department of Commerce. The plac-
ing 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 licensed
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 (11/2x2 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 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 DeceMber
26, 1936, or at such later date as may be fixed by the Secreta"f of
Commerce, as authorized by the act.
(h) All applications for certificates of service or efficiency shall
be presented by the applicant in person to a. board of local inspectors.
(i) 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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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
BUREAU OF MARINE INSPECTION AND NAVIGATION
Continuous Discharge Book (E)
Application for Seaman's Certificate of Efficiency as Lifeboat Man (0)
Certificate of Service as ................._....()
(Ocean, Great Lakes and Inland Waters, Coastwise, Rivers, and Harbors)
(APPLICATION TO BE MADE OUT IN DUPLICATE)
Number and street................................
City or town .....................................-...-. .....
State, Territory, or D.C. ........ .............. ..
T6 the Director, BuRcAD OF MARINE INsPECTION AND NAVIGATION,
U. S. LOCAL fNSPECTORs or U. S. SHIPPING COMMISSIONER,
(or such designated authority)
Port of ........... % ............................ ...
Continuous Discharge Book (0)
I hereby apply for a Seaman's Certifidate of Efficiency as Lifeboat Man (0)
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.
(First, middle, sad Isrt name in full)
1 hereby solemnly swear or affirm that, I will faithfully and honestly perform all duties required of me
by law and carry, out the lawful orders of my superior officers on shipboard.
Applicant's signature ...................................................
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: Sec. 2--CONTINUOUS DISCHARGE BOOKS
[Sec. 3. act of June 25, 1936, amending Sec. 4551. R. S.]
6: (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
s.fdtntinuous discharge book upon application therefore, which shall
,be retained by him. This book will bear a number, and this same
'mnber. 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 Ruldes and Regulatis prescribed by the Board of
Supervising Inspectors for "Rivers" ispermitted to be navigated.
S, (,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-
*( ) 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-
tiniious discharge book shall be produced to the master of the vessel
sat'he'time of his employment, as follows: As to vessels engaged in
-fireign 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
bf'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]
S An applicant for a certificate of service as able seaman shall be at
1ast 19 years of age and meet the following service requirements:
S(') Three years' service on deck at sea or on the Great Lakes on
I vessels of 100 gross tons or over to which sec. 1 (a) of the act of June
25, 19836, amending sec. 13 of the act of March 4, 1915, applies, includ-
ing decked fishing vessels and vessels in the United States Govern-
idelit 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
i followingg graduation. (Green Certificate-Any Waters.)
9, )JY 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.)
(e) No candidate for certificate of service as able seaman shall be
examined until he presents4n official certificate of a physician of
the United States Public Health Service that his eyesight, hearing
and physical condition are such that he ca.n 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
fadhi.applying for a new certificate in lieu thereof, shall be modified
in the following respect:
No physical examination shall be required unless the applicant
ifitjhe opinion of the local. inspectors obviously suffers physical
dse-ects 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 hin in his
affidavit and application, or from otherevidence-that the applicant
qualified as an able seaman. The local inspectors shall also satisfy
themselves that the applicant surrendering the certificate is the bona
bdoie-older thereof before issuing a new certificate.
,,, Sec. 4.-LIFEBOAT MAN
S- [See. 1 (f) act June 25, 1936, amending sec. 13, act March 4, 19151
*(&) n applicant for a certificate of efficiency as lifeboat, man shall
have the qualifications and satisfactorily pass the examination pre-
secibed by the existing rules and regulations of the Board of Super-
Nising.Jinspectors. The certificates shall be issued to successful appli-
cants by the local inspectors.
i (b!) All existing certificates of efficiency as lifeboat man shall be
surrenidered, effective December 26, 1936, or at such later date as may
h:e.fixed by the Secretary of Commerce, as authorized by the act, and
a new certificate will be issued in lieu thereof, upon application there-
Thir.:: No, further examination shall be required if the local inspectors
aiersatisfied-from the statements submitted by him in his affidavit
and: application, or from other evidence-that the applicant is quali-
fied4 as.a lifeboat man. The local inspectors shall also satisfy them-
selves ithat- the applicant surrendering the certificate is the bona fide
holder thereof before issuing a new certificate.
Sec. 5.-QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT
S:* I [Sec. 1 (e) act of June 25, 1936, amending see. 13, act of March 4, 19151
(a) A qualified member of the engine department is any person
blow the rating of licensed officer and above the rating of coal
passer, or wiper, who holds a certificate of service as such qualified
piea ber of the engine department issued by a board of local inspec-
thors 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
Otiithe engine department shall be examined until he presents a cer-
tiile'te 6f 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
Mpa.perfo.rm the duties required of .a qualified member of the engine
,, (,.)iBefore such a certificate is issued to.any applicant, he shall prove
ta.the satisfaction,of. the board of local inspectors by an oral exami-
natioxy 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 te'nder.-The 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
[See. 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
ie*6duce to the local inspectors his unexpired license to act ini that
capacity from the Federal Communications Commission.
(. (e) 'No examination will be required for such certificates of serv-
ice except that applicants for ratings contemplating the handling of
ood, 'shall produce a certificate from a'physician of the U. S. Public
-HLealth Service, or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspec-
tors, stating that he is free frbm communicable disease.
i:rd4) An applicant for a certificate of service as deck boy shall pro-
Vtuce a certificate from a physician of the U. S. Public Health Serv-
ice, or reputable physician acceptable to the local inspectors, that he
,(^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
.tfha 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-
ate 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
te IT. S. Public Health Service, or reputable physician acceptable to
the local- iiispectors, -stating that he is free from communicable
di ease. '
,A:'?.--RULES FOR PREPARATION AND ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF
SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY
i, (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
aise where an examination is required.
:- (6b) Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed examination,
tIme board of local inspectors shall prepare an original of each certifi-
rate 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.
(ik.) 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
trint on the back of .the: certificate and upon each of the stubs.
S Whes the seaman has no left thumb, the imprint of the right thumb
:T ay bef used and that fact noted. -
S -k (d). iath certificate shall beimpressed with the seal of the issuing
Iie)rd. placed partially over i the signature and photograph of the
ip: licant. -Each member, of the issuing board shall affix his signs-
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-
graphs 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 imnnediately 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
S slitl perform the duties of the shipping commissioner and shall make
:tHb.proper entries in the continuous discharge book. In cases where
teilaw does not require the seaman to be shipped- and discharged
:. a shipping commissioner, the master of the vessel shall make
tid..i qruired -entries in the continuous discharge book. All entries
M .ll 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
t:'he ship's articles, and such entries shall be attested to by the con-
siiH officer. If the seaman has lost his continuous discharge book,
h, & master shall furnish him-with a. temporary certificate of discharge
SForm '719-a), attested to by the consular officer and note this fact
A. the articles.
:: () If a seaman loses his continuous discharge book by shipwreck
: or other casualty, he will be furnished with a duplicate book free of
S ohtage, upon application to a shipping commissioner or collector or
'. petty collector of customs at ports where no shipping commissioner
: -been appointed. In other cases of loss, a charge shall be made
for a duplicate book in an amount equivalent to the cost thereof.
: "'/i(f): '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
I o:: f custbois, shall transmit the original copy of the affidavit and two
(2:, photographs to the Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection
awil-:Navigation, who shall thereupon cause to be prepared a continu-
o o:u::. 'Udischage' book, bearing the same number as the former book, and
rtinrked "duplicate." The book shall then be forwarded to the proper
s. h'ippirig commissioner or collector or deputy collector of customs,
w i~h~ll Si isue the duplicate book in the same manner as an original.
Ii () Whenever a continuous discharge book is reported to a ship-
i....: commissioner or collector of customs as having been stolen, lost,
r. destroyed, the shipping commissioner or collector of customs shall
S ti"" ibuediately report the fact by letter to the Director of the Bureau
oMarine -Inspection and Navigation, giving all the facts incident
W 4ith loss or destruction. By the same procedure, he shall report
ii recovery of a continuous discharge book with all the facts inci-
i ht, t6 its recovery, and 'shall forward- the. recovered book to the
Ii~tetr 'of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.
(^ "Pending the issuance of a duplicate book, the shipping com-
i.:.:: er, !or collector or deputy collector of customs, at ports where
E0ipiing commissioner has been appointed, may furnish the sea-
IbC ith a temporary certificate of discharge (Form 719-A) at
: e .::::. completion of the voyage, and this fact shall be noted on the
I ttiees. 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-
i rendered to ihe issuing officer.
i" ) 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 folldWing items: On the front of the
agreement the following information has been added: Name of ship;
official lumber; port of registry; date of registry; registered tons;
gross a nd net; horse power of engines; name and address of the
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registered managing owner or operator; number of seamen and&a
prentices for which accommodations are certified; and class of shki& .
(h) Colrunns have been added to the articles under "ParticulatrsQ
engagement" for entering the continuous discharge book number and:
serial number of license or certificate of service; and under "Particu-
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 be6
A certification to the effect that such entries as are autihorized-by
section 3 of the act of June 25, 1936, to be made in the continuous
discharge books agree with those made on the articles, to be signed4P'by
the U. S. 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 correctness of same to be -signedm
by the U. S. Shipping Commissioner or other officer duly authorized 60
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 triplicate .
One of the copies shall be retained by the shipping conunissioner, a-nd
the original and a copy given to the master who shall enter ther4e'ia
any changes made in the crew during the voyage. In case of the payj, 4
ing off of any members of the crew during the voyage, they shall b .
required to sign the mutual release on both the original and the dupli-.
cate of the articles whether discharged before a shipping commissionu'Rji
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 dit i
charge bboks, shall be forwarded to the Bureau at Washington. T.i
duplicate copy shall be retained by the shipping commissioner. '
(k) 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 shall be shown on the ship's articles
(1) Every seaman shall be required, when signing articles, to, o
duce his continuous discharge book or temporary certificate of djsl
charge, as well as his license or certificate of service, in order that
serial numbers may be entered on the articles.
The foregoing supersedes any rules and regulations heretofore iasu'
conflicting herewith. *.. : ;
Approved December 22, 1936.
DANIEL C. RoPER, ,:
Secretary of Commerce.
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