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1896, and in Schedule II. to this Order), in so far as they do not M.S. A. 1894. apply to the ships of those countries, should so apply. "•

And whereas the Government of China is desirous that the application of such regulations and rules shall be limited to war and merchant ships of foreign type.

And whereas Her Majesty was pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, on the 18th day of May, 1897, to direct that the regulations and rules contained in Schedules I. and II. to the Order in Council of 27th November, 1896, and in Schedules I. and II. to the Order in Council of 18th May, 1897, should on and after the 1st day of July, 1897, but subject to the provisoes therein contained, apply to the ships of the several countries specified in Schedule III. to the last named Order, and that the said Order should be a Provisional Order, within tho meaning of the Rules Publication Act, 1893.

And wheroas the provisions of section 1 of the Pules Publication Act, 1893, have now been complied with:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by virtue of the power vested in Her by section 424 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, is pleased to direct that the Eegulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, contained in Schedule I. to the said Order of the 27th day of November, 1896, and in Schedule I. to this Order annexed shall, on and after the date hereof (up to which time the said recited Provisional Order of the 18th May, 1897, is in force), continue to apply to the ships of the said several countries specified in Schedule III. hereto annexed, whether within British jurisdiction or not, and that such ships shall for the purpose of such regulations be treated as if they were British ships, to the intent that such regulations shall, as regards the ships of the said several countrios specified in Schedule III. hereto annexed, to which the said Eegulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, contained in tho said recited Orders of the 14th day of August, 1879, and the 11th day of August, 1884, apply by virtue of any Order in Council, be substituted therefor: provided that this Order shall not affect the application of Article 10 of each of such sets of regulations in so far as the same is applicable to the ships of any of such countries:

And Her Majesty is further pleased, by virtue of the power vested in Her by section 734 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and by and with the advice of Hor Privy Council, to direct that the rules as to signals of distress contained in Schedule II. to the said recited Order of the 27th day of November, 1896, and in Schedule II. to this Order, shall on and after the date hereof continue to apply to the ships of the several countries specified in Schedule III. hereto annexed, and to the owners, masters, seamen, and apprentices of those ships, when not locally within the jurisdiction of the Government of tho country in the same manner in all respects as if those ships were British ships:

Providod always that as regards Chinese ships such regulations for preventing collisions at sea and such rules as to signals of distress shall apply to ships of foreign type whether war ships or not, but not otherwise.

C. L. Peel.

M.S.A. 1894, s. 424.

Schedule I.

[Here follows a reprint of Schedule I. of the Order in Council of 27th November, 1896, printed at p. 657 above."]

Schedule II.

[Here follows a reprint of Schedule II. of the Order in Council of 27th November, 1896, printed at p. 664 above."}

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M.S.A. 1894, RULES FOR LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES,

s. 427.

Rules, Dated March 9th, 1894, Made By The Board Of Trade (a).

1894. No. 303.

At the Council Chambers, Whitehall, this 9th day of March, 1894.

Present:

The Right Honourable A. J. Mundella, M.P., &c.

In pursuance of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Lifepaving Appliances) Act, 1888, the Board of Trade do hereby make the annexed rules relating to life-saving appliances, in substitution of any rules heretofore made under the said Act, and do hereby direct that these rules shall come into effect on the 1st day of June, 1894.

A. J. Mundella.

(o) These rules continue in force as if made under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and references in them to the Merchant Shipping Acts are to be construed to refer to the corresponding enactments of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894. See M. S. A. 1894, s. 74S.

For the purposes of these rules, British ships shall be arranged M. S. A. 1894, in the following classes:— s- 427

Division (A.).

Class 1.—Steamships carrying emigrant passengers subject to all the provisions of the Passengers Acts.

Class 2.—Foreign-going steamships having passenger certificates under the Merchant Shipping Acts.

Class 3.—Steamships having passenger certificates under the Merchant Shipping Acts, authorising them to carry passengers anywhere within the home-trade limits; that is to say, between places in the United Kingdom, or between the United Kingdom and ports in Europe between the Eiver Elbe and Brest.

Class 4.—Foreign-going steamships not certified to carry passengers. .

Division (B.).

Class 1.—Sailing ships carrying emigrant passengers subject to all the provisions of the Passengers Acts.

Class 2.—Foreign-going sailing ships carrying passengers, but not subject to all the provisions of the Passengers Acts.

Class 3.—Foreign-going sailing ships not carrying passengers.

Class 4.—Sailing ships carrying passengers anywhere within the home-trade limits.

Division (C).

Class 1.—Steamships not certified to carry passengers plying anywhere within the home-trade limits.

Class 2.—Sailing ships in the same trades not carrying passengers.

Division (D.).

Class 1.—Steamships having passenger certificates authorising them to carry passengers within certain specified limits of the home trade; that is to say, on short specified passages along the coasts of the United Kingdom, or between Great Britain and Ireland, or between Great Britain or Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Class 2.—Steamships carrying passengers in estuaries or mouths of rivers, or on short excursions or pleasure trips to sea.

Class 3.—Steamships not certified to carry passengers but employed solely in the coasting trade.

Class 4.—Sailing ships not carrying passengers but employed solely in the coasting trade.

Class 5.—Steam fish carriers, tug boats, and steam lighters which proceed to sea.

Class 6.—Steam launches proceeding for short distances to sea.

Division (E.).

Class 1.—Steamships carrying passengers on rivers, lakes, or land-locked inland waters, but not going to sea or into rough waters.

M. S. A. 1894, Class 2.—Tug boats and" steam lighters which do not proceed "• **7- to sea.

Class 3.—Hulks, dredgers, steam hoppers, &c, which proceed to sea and which do not proceed to sea.

Divisiok (A.).—Class 1.

Rules for Steamships carrying Emigrant Passengers subject to all the
Provisions of the Passengers Acts.

(a) Ships of Division (A.), Class 1, shall carry boats placed under davits, fit and ready for use, and having proper appliances for getting them into the water, in number and capacity as prescribed by the table in the appendix to these rules; such boats shall be equipped in the manner required by and shall be of the description defined in the general rules appended hereto.

(b) Masters or owners of ships of this class claiming to carry fewer boats under davits than are given in the table must declare before the collector or other officer of customs, at the time of clearance, that the boats actually placed under davits are sufficient to accommodate all persons on board, allowing 10 (ten) cubic feet of boat capacity for each adult person, or " statute adult."

(c) Not less than half the number of boats placed under davits having at least half the cubic capacity required by the tables, shall be boats of Section (A.), or Section (B.). The remaining boats may also be of such description, or may, at the option of the shipowner, conform to Section (C.) or Section (D.), provided that not more than two boats shall be of Section (D.).

(d) If the boats placed under davits in accordance with the table do not furnish sufficient accommodation for all persons on board, then additional wood, metal, collapsible or other boats of approved description (whether placed under davits or otherwise) or approved life rafts shall be carried. One of these boats may be a steam launch; but in that case the space occupied by the engines and boilers is not to be included in the estimated cubic capacity of the boat.

Subject to the provision contained in paragraph (f) of these rules, such additional boats or rafts shall be of at least such carrying capacity that they and the boats required to be placed under davits by the table provide together in the aggregate, in vessols of 5,000 tons gross and upwards, three-fourths, and in vessels of less than 5,000 tons gross, one-half, more than the minimum cubic contents required by column 3 of that table. For this purpose 3 cubic feet of air case in the life raft is to be estimated as 10 cubic feet of internal capacity. Provided always that the rafts will accommodate all the persons for which they are to be certified under the rules, and also have 3 cubic feet of air case for each person.

All such additional boats or rafts shall be placed as conveniently for being available as the ship's arrangements admit of, having regard to the avoidance of undue encumbrance of the ship's deck, and to the safety of the ship for her voyage.

(e) In addition to the life-saving appliances before-mentioned, ships of this class shall carry not less than one approved lifebuoy for every boat placed under davits. They shall also carry approved life-belts or other similar approved articles of equal buoyancy suit- M.S. A. 1891, able for being worn on the person, so that there may be at least s- 42?one for each person on board the ship.

(f) Provided nevertheless that no ship of this class shall be required to carry more boats or rafts than will furnish sufficient accommodation for all persons on board.

Division (A.).—Class 2.

Rules for Foreign-going Steamships having Passenger Certificates under the Merchant Shipping Acts.

Ships of this class shall be subject to the same requirements as those in Division (A.), Class 1.

Division (A.).—Class 3.

Rules for Steamships having Passenger Certificates under the Merchant Shipping Acts authorising them to carry Passengers anywhere within the Home-trade Limits; that is to say, between places in the United Kingdom or between the United Kingdom and Ports iti Europe between the River Elbe and Brest.

(a) Ships of this class shall carry boats placed under davits in accordance with the table.

(b) Masters or owners of ships of this class claiming to carry fewer bouts under davits than are given in the table must declare before the collector or other officer of customs that the boats actually placed under davits are sufficient to accommodate all persons on board, allowing 10 (ten) cubic feot of boat capacity for each adult person, or " statute adult."

(c) Not less than half the number of boats placed under davits shall be boats of Section (A.) or Section (B.). The remaining boats may also be of sucli description, or may, in the option of the shipowner, conform to Section (C.) or Section (D.), provided that not more than two boats shall be of Soction (D.).

(d) If the boats placed under davits in accordance with this requirement do not furnish sufficient accommodation for all persons on board, then additional wood, metal, collapsible, or other boats of approved description (whether placed under davits or otherwise), or approved life-rafts, or approved buoyant deck scats, or other approved buoyant deck fittings, shall be carried of at least such cubical capacity that they and the boats required to be placed under davits by the table provide together in the aggregate onehalf more than the minimum cubic contents provided by column 3 of that table. For this purpose 3 cubic feet of air case in the life raft is to be estimated as 10 cubic feet of internal capacity. Provided always that the rafts will accommodate all the persons for which they are to be certified under the rules, and also have 3 cubic feet of air case for each person.

(e) Ships of this class shall carry not less than six approved life-buoys.

(f) They shall also carry, in addition to the boats and appliances required above, approved life-belts or other similar approved

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