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Mr. Grip to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.]
LEGATION OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY,

Washington, July 16, 1894, Mr. SECRETARY OF STATE:

By a royal decision of the 18th of May last, certain modifications were introduced into the rules in force in Sweden with regard to the admeasurement of vessels, which rules were established by the royal ordinance of November 12, 1880. The new provisions were to take effect on the 1st instant.

These modifications bear upon the following points:

(1) The contents of the spaces for water ballast (tanks for water ballast) are not to be included in the total capacity of double-bottomed vessels.

(2) The total capacity is to be increased by the contents of the domes and skylights belonging to the engine which are above the deck, if the owner or captain of the vessel desires it, in order to secure a larger deduction for the motive apparatus in the appendix indicating the tonnage calculated according to the English rule or the Danube rule.

(3) The following spaces, which have hitherto not been deducted, are to be deducted froin the gross tonnage: (a) Compartments set apart for the exclusive use of the captain; (b) compartments specially reserved for the donkey boiler and engine, even when these are below the deck (these compartments were formerly deducted only when they were on deck); (c) boatswain's stores; (d) compartment for the capstan; (e) sail rooms (the deduction shall, however, not exceed 21 per cent of the total capacity of the vessel).

As your excellency will see, the modifications made in the aforesaid royal ordinance of November 12, 1880, make no changes in the method now in use in Sweden for ascertaining the deduction to be made for the engine room; this deduction is still ascertained by the so-called German rule.

There is, therefore, no objection on our part to the continuance in force of the arrangement established in 1883 by an exchange of ministerial notes relative to the reciprocal recognition of Swedish and American certificates of admeasurement.

If, however, in case some of the spaces above specified, deduction for which has just been granted in Sweden, are not exempted by the American regulations, the United States Government wishes to subject the aforesaid arrangement to a revision, it (the arrangement) may be completed by resorting to the following methods, to wit:

(1) When the dues are computed which are to be collected from Swedish vessels in American ports the contents of the spaces shown by the Swedish certificate of admeasurement, but for which no deduction is allowed by the regulations in force in the United States, may be added to the net capacity, which, according to the present arrangement, would serve as the basis for the collection of the dues.

(2) Captains of American vessels may demand in Swedish ports, for the obtainment of a diminution of the net capacity of their vessels, a partial readmeasurement of those spaces which, although exempted in Sweden, are not so by the regulations of the United States, but such reaclmeasurement shall be confined to the spaces whose contents are not stated in the American certificate of admeasurement.

As regards Swedish vessels that have not yet been admeasured according to the new rules, and whose certificates were consequently issued prior to July 1, 1894, we hope that the United States Government will not object to continuing the usage agreed upon by the arrangement of 1882. It is proper to add, in this connection, that the old certificates of admeasurement will be withdrawn according as the vessels are readmeasured.

In order to reach an understanding on these different points, the Government of the King thinks that all that would be necessary would be an exchange of notes defining the modifications to be made in the arrangement of 1882, and followed on both sides by the necessary instructions to collectors of customs.

Begging your excellency to enable me to inform my Government with regard to the views of that of the United States in relation to the questions which I have herein had the bonor to set forth, I avail, etc.,

A. GRIP.

Mr. Grip to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.)
LEGATION OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY,

Washington, July 28, 1894. Mr. SECRETARY OF STATE:

I have not failed to inform the Government of the King of the con. tents of your excellency's letter, dated the 9th instant, by which you were pleased to advise me that the Treasury Department ordered by a circular of the 30th ultimo that all Norwegian vessels be remeasured in ports of the United States.

This decision, which my Government has learned with regret, is, according to the circular, caused by the apparent lack of conformity of the new Norwegian rules to those adopted by the Government of the United States and by the circumstance that there is no mention made of American steamers in the Norwegian circular of September 21, 1893.

In reply to these objections I am authorized to say that the rules adopted by Norway are nearly the same as those of Great Britain, whose vessels, if I am correctly informed, are exempt from remeasurement in the United States. My Government is therefore fain to hope that the Norwegian certificates will be accorded the same favor.

In regard to the second objection, I take the liberty of stating that the rule applicable to American steamers, in accordance with the Norwegian circular of September 21, 1893, is not laid out in section 2 as quoted in the American circular of June 30 last, but in section 4, which provides that remeasurement for the purpose of ascertaining the deduction for engines of steamers measured under the Moorsom method sball be made if, according to paragraph 2 of the same sec. tion, the master of the vessel does not wish to pay taxes according to his national register. The measurement of the engine room is then (optional” for American vessels. I take the liberty of remarking at this place that remeasurement, if it should be made, constitutes an advantage for American vessels, whose taxes, in such cases, will be assessed upon a reduced space, and that, as I am formally authorized to declare, it is done without cost.

In view of the foregoing statement I have had the honor to make, touching the character of the new rules themselves and the advantages secured to American vessels and to their registers in Norwegian ports, I venture to express the hope that the Government of the United

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States will be pleased to again take the matter into consideration to the end of causing the new Norwegian certificates of admeasurement to be accepted, as also of accepting, as heretofore, such certificates as may still be drawn in accordance with the old rules. Accept, etc.,

A. GRIP.

Mr. Grip to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.]
LEGATION OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY,

Washington, August 24, 1894. Mr. SECRETARY OF STATE:

Referring to my note of the 28th ultimo relative to the recognition in the United States ports of the certificates of admeasurement of Norwegian vessels, I have the honor to inform your excellency that a telegram, received to-day from the minister of foreign affairs at Stockholm, apprises me that the department of finance of Norway has ordered, by a circular bearing date of to-day, that American certificates of admeasurement, bearing an appendix indicating the deductions to be made according to the system now adopted in Norway, shall be accepted by the authori. ties in Norwegian ports, so that United States vessels provided with such certificates are to be exempt from any readmeasurement.

Hoping that this decision of my Government will facilitate a speedy and favorable settlement of the pending question, I beg your excellency to be pleased to acquaint me with the views of the United States Gov. ernment on this subject. Be pleased, etc.,

A. GRIP.

Mr. Gresham to Mr. Grip.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, August 25, 1894. SIR: I have the honor to apprise you, in connection with previous correspondence upon the subject, of the receipt of a telegram from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury of the 23d instant, saying that the Treasury Department has issued instructions to the collectors of customs at the principal ports to receive certificates of admeasurement of vessels of Norway, as expressed in registers granted prior to royal decree of September 14, 1893, and therefore under the old rule.

Mr. Wike adds that your further requests are under consideration and that they will be disposed of at an early date. Accept, etc.,

W. Q. GRESHAM.

Mr. Grip to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.]
LEGATION OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY,

Washington, September 11, 1894. Mr. SECRETARY OF STATE:

Referring to your excellency's last letter, dated the 25th of last month, on the subject of tonnage certificates of Norwegian vessels, I have the honor to inform you that I have just received the order of my Government to express the hope that the Treasury Department, which has had the kindness to again accept the former Norwegian tonnage certificates, will, pending the discussion of the question in regard to steamships, also accept the new certificates of Norwegian sailing vessels.

As your excellency will see by the copies of tonnage certificates which accompanied my letter of 220 December last the spaces which are exempt in Norway, while they are reckoned in the United States, are indicated in the certificate itself by the letters c and d. If, then, the Government of the United States is not willing to accept the net space (capacité) of the Norwegian certificates, I am pleased to hope that the calculation of the space may be made without new admeasurement and by adding to the net tonnage the spaces above mentioned.

I take the liberty to add that all the maritime powers have exempted from new admeasurement Norwegian sailing vessels provided with new tonnage certificates, and that in Norway the certificates of American sailing vessels, as well as those of all other nations, are accepted. Accept, etc.,

A. GRIP.

Mr. Uhl to Mr. Grip.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, October 3, 1894. SIR: Referring to your note of the 16th of July last, in relation to the reciprocal acceptance of certificates of admeasurement of vessels by the United States and Sweden, I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a letter of the 29th ultimo from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury upon the subject. Accept, etc.,

EDWIN F. UAL,

Acting Secretary.

(Inclosure.]
Mr. Wike to Mr. Gresham.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, September 29, 1894. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of July 28, transmitting copy of a note dated July 16, 1894, from the Swedish minister at this capital, announcing that by a decree of May 18, 1894, certain modifications have been introduced into the rules in force in Sweden with regard to the admeasurement of vessels, and requesting an exchange of notes defining modifications to be made in the arrangement of 1882 concerning the reciprocal acceptance of certificates of measurement by the United States and Sweden,

The minister states: By a royal decision of the 18th of May last, certain modifications were introduced into the rules in force in Sweden with regard to the admeasurement of vessels, which rules were established by the royal ordinance of November 12, 1880. The new provisions were to take effect on July 1, 1894.

These modifications bear upon the following points :

(1) The contents of the spaces for water ballast (tanks for water ballast) are not to be included in the total capacity of double-bottomed vessels.

2. The total capacity is to be increased by the contents of the domes and skyligl.ts belonging to the engine which are above the deck, if the owner or captain of the vessel desires it, in order to secure a larger deduction for the motive apparatus in the appendix indicating the tonnage calculated according to the English rule or the Danube rule.

3. The following spaces, which have hitherto not been deducted, are to be deducted from the gross tonnage:

(a) Compartments set apart for the exclusive use of the captain.

(b) Compartments specially reserved for the donkey boiler and engine, even when these are below the deck; these compartments were formerly deducted only when they were on deck.

(c) Boatswain's stores.
(a) Compartment for the capstan.

le) Sail rooms; the deduction shall, however, not exceed 24 per cent of the total capacity of the vessel.

The modifications made in the aforesaid royal ordinance of November 12, 1880, make no changes in the method now in use in Sweden for ascertaining the deduction to be made for the engine room; this deduction is still ascertained by the so-called German rule.

It appears that the only deductions permitted by the new Swedish ordinance which are not allowed by the laws of the United States are:

(b) Compartments specially reserved for the donkey boiler and engine when below deck.

(c) Boatswain's stores.
(d) Compartment for the capstan.

le) Sail rooms; the deduction shall, however, not exceed 24 per cent of the total capacity of the vessel.

This Department perceives no objection to the continuance of the existing arrangement with Sweden for the acceptance of Swedish cer. tificates of measurement, and to the net tonnage of Swedish vessels, as stated in their certificates of measurement, will be added without meas. urement the spaces above mentioned, as stated in such certificates, which may be deducted according to the laws of Sweden, but are not allowed by the laws of the United States, together with any deduction in excess of 5 per cent of gross tonnage for crew spaces.

This Department suggests that the Swedish Government continue to accept American certificates of measurement if provided with an appendix stating the measurement of the spaces above mentioned, or, if not so provided, that upon application of the master of an American vessel in a Swedish port those spaces may be measured and deduction be allowed to them. Respectfully, yours,

S. WIKE, Acting Secretary.

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, October 3, 1894. SIR: I have the honor to inclose for your information copy of a letter from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a copy of a circular issued by that Department relative to the admeasurement of Norwegian vessels. Accept, etc.,

EDWIN F. UHL,

Actireg Secretary.

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