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CHAPTER XVII.

CHAPLAINS.

Duties.

762. (1) The chaplain shall perform divine service and offer prayers on board of the ship to which he is attached at such times as the captain may prescribe; and on board other ships to which chaplains are not attached, or at shore stations and naval hospitals, when so directed by the senior officer present.

(2) He shall be permitted to conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church of which he is a minister.

(3) He shall facilitate, sq far as possible, the performance of divine service by clergymen of churches other than his own, who may be permitted by the captain to visit the ship for that purpose.

(4) He may, with the sanction of the captain, form voluntary classes for religious instruction.

(5) He shall visit the sick frequently, unless the conditions of the sick renders such visits unadvisable.

(6) Under the direction of the captain, he shall supervise the instruction of boys, and of such other persons in the Navy as may need to be taught the elementary principles of reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography. He shall report in writing to the captain at the end of each quarter the character of instruction given, the number of hours under instruction, and the progress made by

each person.

At quarters.

763. He shall always report at quarters when on board. His duty in battle is to aid the wounded, and his station at quarters for battle and for inspection shall be as the captain may direct.

_764. Chaplains shall report annually to the Secretary of the Navy the official services performed by them. (Sec. 1398, R. S.)

Annual report,

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CHAPTER XVIII.

ASSISTANT NAVAL CONSTRUCTORS.

Service afloat.

Duties.

Detail duties.

765. Assistant naval constructors shall, when practicable, be detailed for service afloat in such squadrons as the Department may designate.

766. An assistant naval constructor, detailed for sea service, shall be attached to each vessel of the fleet in turn, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned him by the commander in chief or by the captain of the ship to which attached.

767. (1) Upon joining a ship he shall immediately make himself familiar with the plans, construction, means of interior communication, water-tight doors, ventilating apparatus, disposition of weights, coal bunkers, storerooms, quarters for officers and men, and all hull and other fittings, pertaining to the Bureau of Construction and Repair. As opportunity offers, he shall carefully observe and note under all conditions of service, the stability, rolling, pitching, turning power, speed, and all other qualities of the vessel affected by the design; also the methods of stowing and purchasing anchors and boats, of stowing and handling coal, the condition and working of the steering gear, windlasses, and other fittings.

(2) He shall make quarterly reports of his observations to the captain of the ship. who shall forward the same to the Bureau of Construction and Repair, through the commander in chief, with such remarks as may be deemed necessary.

(3) He shall, when practicable, under the direction of the captain, supervise all repairs and other work under the cognizance of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, which may be done upon the ship by a private or foreign dockyard or establishment; shall keep the captain informed of the progress of such work, and upon its completion shall make to him a detailed written report of the same.

(4) He shall examine all foreign ships and naval establishments he may be permitted to visit, and shall make detailed reports thereon of all matters that may be of interest to the Bureau of Construction

and Repair.

768. He shall be assigned quarters in accordance with his rank.

Quarters.

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CHAPTER XIX.

CHIEF BOATSWAINS, CHIEF GUNNERS, CHIEF CARPENTERS,

CHIEF SAILMAKERS, AND WARRANT OFFICERS.

SECTION 1.—THE CHIEF BOATSWAIN OR BOATSWAIN.

Stores.

769. The chief boatswain or boatswain shall act as an assistant General duties. to the executive, especially in all that relates to his work as equipment officer, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned him.

770. (1) He shall critically examine all boatswain's stores and spare articles received, and report any defect or deficiency. Spare articles shall be tried in place to ascertain if they fit and are in all respects suitable for the purpose intended.

(2) He shall be accountable for the condition of all his stores, whether in use or not.

(3) He shall exercise a careful supervision over the expenditure of his stores, exert himself to the utmost to prevent any waste or loss, and see that all issues are applied to the purpose intended. He shall be responsible for articles issued from storerooms for use with the intention of being returned.

(4) He shall, upon the discovery of any loss or deterioration of his stores, or damage to, or defects in, the ship, at once report the same to the executive officer.

(5) When the ship goes out of commission he shall exercise great care that all his stores and articles of outfit are carefully tallied and properly stored without loss or injury.

771. He shall report the condition of his department to the execu Daily reports. tive officer daily at 8 a. m. and 8 p. m.

772. (1) He shall frequently examine the spars and rigging. Special duties. Should he discover any signs of weakness, or any defects, he shall report the same to the executive officer, and, if requiring immediate attention, to the officer of the deck.

(2) He shall, when at sea, go aloft every morning and examine To go aloft at the rigging on each mast, reporting the result to the officer of the sea. deck.

(3) He shall, when at sea, pay particular attention to the securing Security of arof the anchors, boats, and other movable articles.

(4) He shall pay particular attention to the ground tackle of the ship, in order that it may be always ready for use and in good cordition. When at anchor he shall see that nothing interferes with a readiness to veer, slip, or bring to the chain, or to let go the spare anchors.

(5) He shall supervise any work going on in his department. Supervision of (6) He shall be on deck generally during the day; also during the night when his services are needed.

ticles at sea.

Ground tackle.

work.

When to be on deck.

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