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EXTRACTS FROM THE EPHEMERIS AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC.

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HOW TO OBTAIN A LICENSE

FIRST, go to the United States local inspectors of steam vessels, obtain a blank application and an order to the Marine Hospital Surgeon, who will examine the eyes. Then fill in the application with the experience, stating the name and gross tonnage of each vessel, the capacity served in and period of service.

The application must be signed by persons holding a certificate of a grade not lower than that for which the application calls. Or it may be signed by owners or agents of vessels in which the applicant has served. The signers must be of good reputa. tion and have a personal knowledge of the correctness of the statements set forth in the application. Three signers are required.

The statements set forth in the application must be supported by letters or discharges from the masters, owners or agents of the vessels in which the applicant has served.

NOTICE

AN ACT To amend section forty-four hundred and forty-five, of

title fifty-two, of the Revised Statutes of the United States

relating to the licensing of officers of steam vessels. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section forty-four hundred and forty-five, of title fifty-two, of the Revised Statutes, be, and is hereby, amended by adding thereto the following paragraphs:

“Every applicant for license as either master, mate, pilot, or

engineer under the provisions of this title shall make and subscribe to an oath or affirmation, before one of the inspectors referred to in this title, to the truth of all the statements set forth in his application for such license.

“Any person who shall make or subscribe to any oath or affirmation authorized in this title and knowing the same to be false shall be deemed guilty of perjury.

"Every licensed master, mate, pilot, or engineer who shall change, by addition, interpolation, or erasure of any kind, any certificate or license issued by any inspector or inspectors referred to in this title shall, for every such offense, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment at hard labor for a term not exceeding three years.”

SEC. 2. That this Act shall take effect immediately.
Approved, March 23, 1900.

LETTERS OF SERVICE

The law requires that the U. S. Local Inspectors shall have proper written evidence supporting the statements set forth in an application for a license.

Most letters of recommendation are given with good intention and a desire that they may be of value to the person to whom they are given. Strange as it may seem, many letters which are very strong recommendations prove to be absolutely worthless when put before the U. S. Local Inspectors as evidence to support some statement made in an application.

As such letters so frequently inconvenience the applicant and annoy the U. S. Local Inspectors, the following form is suggested: A PROPER LETTER

To whom it may concern:

This is to certify that John Jones has served as seaman in the S. S. Pole Star from July 6, 1916, to December 9, 1916, engaged in general trade between New York, South America and European ports. During that time he proved to be sober, honest, capable and reliable.

JOHN BROWN, Master S. S. Pole Star.

A WORTHLESS LETTER

NEW YORK, N. Y., Jan. 7, 1917.

To whom it may concern :

This is to certify that John Jones has been seaman with me for six months and I have always found him to be sober, honest and reliable in all his dealings.

JOHN BROWN, Master, Str. Pole Star.

The above style of letter reads very well, but is worthless when presented to the U. S. local inspectors, because the time of service, name of the ship, waters navigated and qualifications as a seaman are not mentioned.

EXTRACT OF THE GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

PRESCRIBED BY THE

BOARD OF SUPERVISING INSPECTORS

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