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new licenses for the grade for which they are qualified, the local inspectors to file in their office the old license when surrendered, with the report of the circumstances of the case, after the old license and report of the circumstances of the case shall have been reviewed by the supervising inspector of the district, but the grade of no license shall be raised, except as hereinafter provided, unless the applicant can show one year's actual experience in the capacity for which he has been licensed.
Inspectors shall, before granting an extension of route or raise of grade of license, require the applicant to make his written application upon the blank form of application for extension of route or raise of grade of license furnished by the department. When practicable, applicants for extension of route or raise of grade of license shall present to the inspectors, to be filed with the application, discharges or letters from the master or other officer under whom they have served, or other satisfactory documentary evidence, certifying to the name of the vessel and in what capacity the applicant has served; also period of such service.
If any board of local inspectors is satisfied that a pilot is entitled by experience and knowledge to unlimited tonnage they may remove any tonnage restrictions which may have been placed upon his license by any other board of local inspectors.
Practical service in the deck department of an ocean or coastwise vessel propelled by machinery shall be accepted when offered in documentary evidence by any person applying for an original license or raise of grade as equal to the same amount of service in any ocean or coastwise steam passenger vessel.
Service on United States motor-propelled light vessels or lighthouse tenders shall be considered as equivalent experience for raise of grade as that obtained on vessels subject to inspection by this Service, (Sec. 4405, R. S.)
EXAMINATION OF CANCELED LICENSES BY SUPERVISING INSPECTORS.
10. With the exception of operators' licenses, every canceled license renewed, with or without raise of grade, and every canceled license for which a license of a higher grade is issued before the expiration of the five years' term of license shall be submitted to the supervising inspector of the district for his review, to determine whether both licenses have been issued in accordance with the rules and regulations and whether they are in proper form. The supervising inspector shall personally, carefully examine every canceled license submitted to him. The canceled license shall be promptly examined by the supervising inspector and returned to the local inspectors. (Secs. 4405, R. S.)
EXAMINATION FOR RENEWAL OF MASTER'S OF PILOT'S LICENSE.
11. It shall be the duty of all inspectors, before renewing an cxisting license to a master or pilot of steam vessels, for any waters, who has not been employed as master or pilot on such waters during the three years preceding the application for renewal, to satisfy themselves, by an examination in writing, or orally, to be taken down in writing by the inspectors, that such officers are thoroughly familiar with the pilot rules upon the waters for whch they are licensed. (Secs. 4439, 4442, R. S.)
LAWS, GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND PILOT RULES TO BE
FURNISHED LICENSED OFFICERS. 12. Every master, mate, pilot, and engineer of vessels shall, when receiving an original license, a renewed license, or a raise of grade of license, be furnished by the inspectors with a copy of the Laws Governing the Steamboat-Inspection Service, and a copy of the General Rules and Regulations Prescribed by the Board of Supervising Inspectors, and every master and pilot of vessels and operator of motor vessels shall, when receiving an original license, a renewed license, or a raise of grade of license, be furnished by the inspectors with a pamphlet copy of the rules and regulations governing pilots and of the statutes upon which such rules are founded, applicable to the waters on which their licenses are intended to be used, as stated in the body thereof. (Sec. 4405, R. S.)
SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF LICENSES. 13. When the license of any master, mate, pilot, or engineer is revoked such license expires with such revocation, and any license subsequently granted to such person shall be considered in the light of an original license except as to number of issue. And upon the revocation or suspension of the license of any such officer said license shall be surrendered to the local inspectors ordering such suspension or revocation.
When the license of any master, mate, engineer, or pilot is suspended, the inspectors making such suspension shall determine the term of its duration, except that such suspension shall not extend beyond the time for which the license was issued.
The suspension or revocation of a joint license shall debar the person holding the same from the exercise of any of the privileges therein granted, so long as such suspension or revocation shall remain in force. (Sec. 4450, R. S.)
MISCONDUCT OF LICENSED OFFICERS.
14. Whenever a supervising, local, or assistant inspector of steam vessels, or any of them, shall find on board any vessel subject to the provisions of Title LII of the Revised Statutes any licensed officer under the influence of liquor or other stimulant to such an extent as to unfit him for duty, or when any licenced officer shall use abusive or insulting language to any inspector or assaults any such inspector while on official duty, the local inspectors or the supervising inspector shall immediately suspend or revoke the license of the officer so offending without further trial or investigation.
The fact of a licensed officer being under the influence of liquor in the presence of the inspector or inspectors to such an extent as to unfit him for duty while on board a vessel shall be sufficient cause for such suspension or revocation. (Secs. 4405, 4450, R. S.)
LICENSES TO OFFICERS OF VESSELS OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES.
15. Any person who has served at least one year as master, commander, pilot, or engineer of any steam vessel owned and operated by the United States in any service in which a license as master, mate, pilot, or engineer was not required at the time of such service, shall be entitled to license as master, mate, pilot, or engineer, if the inspectors, upon written examination, as required for applicants for orginal license, may find him qualified: Provided, That the experience of any such applicant within three years of making application has been such as to qualify him to serve in the capacity for which he makes application to be licensed. (Secs. 4439, 4440, 4441, 4442, R. S.)
REPORTS OF ACCIDENTS TO VESSELS.
16. The licensed officer in command of any vessel subject to the inspection of the Steamboat-Inspection Service shall report i writing and in person to the board of local inspectors nearest the port of first arrival any accident to said vessel involving loss of life, or damage to property to an approximate amount exceeding $100, and shall also report in the same manner any casualty cr loss of life from whatever cause of any person on board such vessel. If the accident happens upon the high seas or without the jurisdiction of inland waters, the board to whom the report is first made shall make the investigation, but if the accident occurs within the jurisdiction of inland waters, the report shall be transmitted to the board within whose jurisdiction the accident occurred, which board shall make the investigation except in cases where, in the judgment of the Supervising Inspector General, better results may be obtained by another board conducting the investigation, in whch case the Supervising Inspector General is authorized to direct such investigation by another board: Provided, That when from distance it may be inconvenient to report in person it may be done in writing only, and the report sworn to before any person authorized to administer oaths.
Whenever a vessel subject to the inspection of the SteamboatInspection Service collides with lightship, buoy, or other aid to navigation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Lighthouses, or is connected with any such collision, it shall be the duty of the licensed officer in command of such vessel to report the accident to the nearest board of local inspectors. When any collision of this character is reported to a board of local inspectors, those officers shall immediately transmit such information to the lighthouse inspector of the district in which the collision occurred. (Secs. 4405, 4448, R. S.)
ONLY CERTAIN PERSONS ALLOWED IN PILOT HOUSE AND ON
NAVIGATOR'S BRIDGE. 17. Masters and pilots of steamers carrying passengers shall exclude from the pilot houses and navigator's bridge of such steamers, while under way, all persons not connected with the navigation of such steamers, except officers of the Steamboat-Inspection Service, Coast Guard, and engineer officers of the United States Army in charge of the improvement of that particular waterway, when upon business: Provided, That licensed officers of steamboats, persons regularly engaged in learning the profession of pilot, officers of the United States Navy, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Lighthouse Service, assistant engineers of the Engineer Department of the United States Army connected with the improvement of that particular waterway, and the engineer officers connected with the construction and operation of the Panama Canal may be allowed in the pilot house or upon the navigator's bridge upon the responsibility of the officer in charge.
The master of every such passenger and ferry steamer shall keep three printed copies of this section of Rule V posted in conspicuous places on such steamer, one of which shall be kept posted in the pilot house.
Such printed copies shall be furnished by the Department of Commerce to local inspectors for distribution. (Sec. 4405, R. S.)
STATION BILLS, DRILLS, AND REPORTS OF MASTERS. 18. It shall be the duty of the officer in charge of every