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INTERNATIONAL RULES

INLAND RULES greater height above the hull than abaft the beam on either side, and forty feet. a bright white light, so of such a character as to be visible constructed as to show an un- at a distance of at least five miles. broken light over an arc of the horizon of twenty points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light ten points on each side of the vessel, namely, from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side, and of such a character as to be visible at a distance of at least five miles.

STEAM VESSELS-SIDE LIGHTS

STEAM VESSELS--SIDE LIGHTS

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(b) On the starboard side a (6) On the starboard side a green light so constructed as to green light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of ten points of arc of the horizon of ten points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the compass, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the star- points abaft the beam on the starboard side, and of such a charac-board side; and of such a character as to be visible at a distance ter as to be visible at a distance of of at least two miles.

at least two miles. (c) On the port side a red light (c) On the port side a red light so constructed as to show an un- 30 constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the broken light over an arc of the horizon of ten points of the com- horizon of ten points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light pass, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the port side, abaft the beam on the port side, and of such a character as to be and of such a character as to be visible at a distance of at least two visible at a distance of at least two miles.

miles. (d) The said green and red side (d) T'he said green and red side lights shall be fitted with inboard | lights shall be fitted with inboard screens projecting at least three screens projecting at least three feet forward from the light, so as feet forward from the light, so as to prevent these lights from being to prevent these lights from being seen across the bow.

seen across the bow.

STEAM VESSELS-RANGE LIGHTS

STEAM VESSELS-RANGE LIGHTS

(e) A steam vessel when under (e) A seagoing steam vessel way may carry an additional white when under way may carry an adlight similar in construction to ditional white light similar in the light mentioned in subdivision construction to the light men(a). These two lights shall be so tioned in subdivision (a). These

. placed in line with the keel that two lights shall be so placed in one shall be at least fifteen feet line with the keel that one shall higher than the other, and in such be at least fifteen feet higher than

INTERNATIONAL RULES

INLAND RULES a position with reference to each the other, and in such a position other that the lower light shall be with reference to each other that forward of the upper one.

The the lower light shall be forward vertical distance between these of the upper one.

The vertical lights shall be less than the hori- distance between these lights shall zontal distance.

be less than the horizontal distance.

(f) All steam vessels (except seagoing vessels and ferryboats), shall carry in addition to green and red lights required by article two (b), (c), and screens as required by article two (d), a central range of two white lights; the after light being carried at an elevation at least fifteen feet above the light at the head of the vessel. The headlight shall be so constructed as to show an broken light through twenty points of the compass, namely, from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side of the vessel, and the after light so as to show all around the horizon.

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STEAM VESSELS—WHEN TOWING

STEAM VESSELS—WHEN TOWING

ART. 3. A steam vessel when ART. 3. A steam vessel when towing another vessel shall, in ad-towing another vessel or vessels dition to her side lights, carry two alongside shall, in addition to her bright white lights in a vertical side lights, carry two bright white line one over the other, not less lights in a vertical line, one over than six feet apart, and when tow- the other, not less than three feet ing more than one vessel shall apart, and when towing one or carry an additional bright white more vessels astern, regardless of light six feet above or below such the length of the tow, shall carry lights, if the length of the tow an additional bright white light measuring from the stern of the three feet above or below such towing vessel to the stern of lights: Provided, That on the Red the last vessel towed exceeds six River of the North and the rivers hundred feet. Each of these emptying into the Gulf of Mexico lights shall be of the same con- and their tributaries, this article struction and character, and shall shall not affect the signal lights be carried in the same position as used on towing vessels which prothe white light mentioned in arti-pel the tow by pushing at the rear cle two (a), excepting the addi- of the tow. "Each of these lights tional light, which may be carried' shall be of the same construction at a height of not less than fourteen and character, and shall be carfeet above the hull.

ried in the same position as the Such steam vessel may carry a white light mentioned in article

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INTERNATIONAL RULES

INLAND RULES small white light abaft the funnel two (a) or the after range light or aftermast for the vessel towed mentioned in article two (f). to steer by, but such light shall not Such steam vessel may carry a be visible forward of the beam. small white light abaft the funnel

or aftermast for the vessel' towed to steer by, but such light shall not be visible forward of the beam.

SPECIAL LIGHTS

ART. 4. (a) A vessel which from any accident is not under command shall carry at the same height as a white light mentioned in article two (a), where they can best be seen, and if a steam vessel in lieu of that light two red lights, in a vertical line one over the other, not less than six feet apart, and of such a character as to be visible all around the horizon at a distance of at least two miles; and shall by day carry in a vertical line one over the other, not less than six feet apart, where they can best be seen, two black balls or shapes, each two feet in diameter.

(b) A vessel employed in laying or in picking up a telegraph cable shall carry in the same position as the white light mentioned in article two (a), and if a steam vessel in lieu of that light three lights in a vertical line one over the other not less than six feet apart. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red, and the middle light shall be white, and they shall be of such a character as to be visible all around the horizon, at a distance of at least two miles. By day she shall carry in a vertical line, one over the other, not less than six feet apart, where they can best be seen, three shapes not less than two feet in diameter, of which the highest and lowest shall be globular in shape and red in color, and the middle one diamond in shape and white.

(c) The vessels referred to in this article, when not making way through the water, shall not carry

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INLAND RULES

INTERNATIONAL RULES the side lights, but when making way shall carry them.

(d) The lights and shapes required to be shown by this article are to be taken by other vessels as signals that the vessel showing them is not under command and can not therefore get out of the way.

These signals are not signals of vessels in distress and requiring assistance. Such signals are contained in article thirty-one.

LIGHTS FOR SAILING VESSELS

VESSELS IN TOW

AND LIGHTS FOR SAILING VESSELS AND

VESSELS IN TOW

ART. 5. A sailing vessel under ART. 5. A sailing vessel under way and any vessel being towed way and any vessel being towed, shall carry the same lights as are except barges, canal boats, scows, prescribed by article two for a and other vessels of nondescript steam vessel under way, with the type, when in tow of steam vessels, exception of the white lights men- shall carry the same lights as are tioned therein, which they shall prescribed by article 2 for a steam never carry.

vessel under way, with the exception of the white lights mentioned therein, which they shall never carry.

LIGHTS FOR FERRYBOATS, BARGES, AND

CANAL BOATS IN TOW

SEC. 2.3 That the Board of Supervising Inspectors of Steam Vessels 4 shall establish such rules to be observed by steam vessels in passing each other and as to the lights to be carried by ferryboats and by barges and canal boats when in tow of steam vessels, and as to the lights and day signals to be carried by vessels, dredges of all types, and vessels working on wrecks by [or] other obstruction to navigation or moored for submarine operations, or made fast to a sunken object which may drift with the tide or be towed, not inconsistent with the provisions of

3 See act of June 7, 1897, as amended (30 Stat. 102:; 33 U. S. C. 157).

4 Under Executive Order 9083, dated February 28, 1942, all functions of the Board of Supervising Inspectors, and the functions of the Secretary of Commerce under this act are transferred to the Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard.

INTERNATIONAL RULES

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INLAND RULES this act, as they from time to time may deem necessary for safety, which rules when approved by the Secretary of Commerce 4 are hereby declared special rules duly made by local authority, as provided for in article thirty of chapter eight hundred and two of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety. Two printed copies of such rules shall be furnished to such ferryboats, barges, dredges, canal boats, vessels working on wrecks, and steam vessels, which rules shall be kept posted up in conspicuous places in such vessels, barges, dredges, and boats.

LIGHTS FOR SMALL VESSELS

LIGHTS FOR SMALL VESSELS

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ART. 6. Whenever, as in the case ART. 6. Whenever, as in the case of small vessels under way during of vessels of less than ten gross bad weather, the green and red side tons under way during bad lights cannot be fixed, these lights weather, the green and red side shall be kept at hand, lighted and lights cannot be ficced, these lights ready for use; and shall, on the shall be kept at hand, lighted and approach of or to other vessels, be ready for use; and shall, on the exhibited on their respective sides approach of or to other vessels, be in sufficient time to prevent colli- exhibited on their respective sides sion, in such manner as to make in sufficient time to prevent collithem most visible, and so that the sion, in such manner as to make green light shall not be seen on them most visible, and so that the the port side nor the red light on green light shall not be seen on the starboard side, nor, if practic- the port side nor the red light on able, more than two points abaft the starboard side, nor, if practicthe beam on their respective sides. able, more than two points abaft To make the use of these portable the beam on their respective sides. lights more certain and easy the To make the use of these portable lanterns containing them shall lights more certain and easy the each be painted outside with the lanterns containing them shall color of the light they respectively each be painted outside with the contain, and shall be provided color of the light they respectively with proper screens.

contain, and shall be provided with proper screens.

LIGHTS FOR SMALL STEAM AND SAIL

VESSELS AND OPEN BOATS

ART. 7. Steam vessels of less ART. 7. Rowing boats, whether than forty, and vessels under oars under oars or sail, shall have or sails of less than twenty tons ready at hand a lantern showing gross tonnage, respectively, and I a white light which shall be tem

4 See 'footnote on p. 7.

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