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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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LAWS RELATING TO THE NAVIGATION OF VESSELS ON THE HIGH SEAS, AND ON ALL HARBORS, RIVERS, AND INLAND WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT THE GREAT LAKES AND THEIR CONNECTING AND TRIBUTARY WATERS AS FAR EAST AS MONTREAL AND THE RED RIVER OF THE NORTH AND RIVERS EMPTYING INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES.

The statutory rules to prevent collisions of vessels are given in comparison form. In the left-hand column are printed the revised international rules (26 Stat. 320-328, 28 Stat. 82, 83, 29 Stat. 381, 31 Stat. 30, 49 Stat. 668; 33 U. S. C. 61-63, 71-84, 91, 92, 101-113, 121, 132, 141, 142). In the right-hand column are printed the rules for the navigation of rivers, harbors, and inland waters of the United States navigable by seagoing vessels (30 Stat. 96-103, 31 Stat. 30, 38 Stat. 381, 47 Stat. 415, 1417, 49 Stat. 669, 1367, 1380; 33 U. S. C. 154-159, 171-183, 191, 192, 201-222, 231, 232).

The revised international rules and the inland rules do not apply to the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters as far east as Montreal, the Red River of the North, nor to the rivers flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and their tributaries.

Attention is directed to the definition common to both rules: "The words 'steam vessel' shall include any vessel propelled by machinery."

INTERNATIONAL RULES

I.-ENACTING

CLAUSE,

SCOPE, AND PENALTY

INLAND RULES
I-ENACTING CLAUSE,
SCOPE, AND PENALTY

Be it enacted by the Senate and Whereas the provisions of chapHouse of Representatives of the ter eight hundred and two of the United States of America in Con- laws of eighteen hundred and gress assembled, That the follow-ninety, and the amendments ing regulations for preventing thereto, adopting regulations for collisions at sea shall be followed by all public and private vessels of the United States upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith, navigable by seagoing vessels.

ART. 30. Nothing in these rules shall interfere with the operation of a special rule, duly made by local authority, relative to the navigation of any harbor, river, or inland waters.

preventing collisions at sea [i. e., international rules of left-hand column], apply to all waters of the United States connected with the high seas navigable by seagoing vessels, except so far as the navigation of any harbor, river, or inland waters is regulated by special rules duly made by local authority; and

Whereas it is desirable that the regulations relating to the naviga

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INTERNATIONAL RULES.

INLAND RULES

tion of all harbors, rivers, and inland waters of the United States, except the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters as far east as Montreal and the Red River of the North and rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico and their tributaries, shall be stated in one act: Therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following regulations for preventing collisions shall be followed by all vessels navigating all harbors, rivers, and inland waters of the United States, except the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters as far east as Montreal and the Red River of the North and rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico and their tributaries, and are hereby declared special rules duly made by local authority:

SEC. 3. That every pilot, engineer, mate, or master of any steam vessel, and every master or mate of any barge or canal boat, who neglects or refuses to observe the provisions of this act, or the regulations established in pursuance of the preceding section [see section 2, page 7], shall be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars, and for all damages sustained by any passenger in his person or baggage by such neglect or refusal: Provided, That nothing herein shall relieve any vessel, owner, or corporation from any liability incurred by reason of such neglect or refusal.

SEC. 4.1 That every vessel that shall be navigated without complying with the provisions of this act shall be liable to a penalty of two hundred dollars, one-half to go to the informer, for which sum the vessel so navigated shall be liable

1 See act of June 7, 1897, as amended (30 Stat. 102, 103; 33 U. S. C. 158, 159).

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II.-LIGHTS, AND SO FORTH|II.-LIGHTS, AND SO FORTH

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2 Article 2 is amended by act of Congress approved April 25, 1940, in rules for lights required to be carried by every vessel propelled by machinery and not more than 65 feet in length except tugboats and towboats propelled by steam. See p. 53.

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