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PROGRAMME OF SUBJECTS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE INTERNA
TIONAL MARINE CONFERENCE.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, April 3, 1889. SIR: I have the bonor to inform you that, in conformity with the in. structions of the State Department of February 27, 1889, the Delegates on the part of the United States to the International Marine Conference met on Monday, 25th ultimo, organized, and proceeded to the consid. eration of a detailed programme of the subjects to be considered by the International Conference for transmission to the several powers.
This programme was completed on the 30th ultimo, and is herewith inclosed.
The correspondence between the State Department and the British Government on this subject was examined, and, in conformity with the intentions of our Government therein expressed, a consideration of the “ International Code of Flag Signals" was excluded from the programme and a consideration of the “load line” was included. With this exception and this addition, the entire subject matter of the act of Congress of July 9, 1888, was arranged in general divisions, following as nearly as possible the precise language of the act. These general divisions were then carefully considered, and each was arranged under subdivisions and subheads.
It is believed that this arrangement in detail is sufficiently broad to include all matters bearing directly upon the principal topics, and care has been taken at the same time to avoid extending the field of deliberations of the Conference beyond the limits indicated in the act of Congress and its interpretation by the State Department. Very respectfully,
S. R. FRANKLIN,
Rear-Admiral, U. 8. Navy,
President of the Board of American Delegates. Hon. JAMES G. BLAINE,
Secretary of State.
DETAILED PROGRAMME OF SUBJECTS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONFERENCE.
[Framed by the American Delegates in accordance with instructions from the Depart
ment of State, March, 1889. ]
GENERAL DIVISION 1.
MARINE SIGNALS OR OTHER MEANS OF PLAINLY INDICATING THE DIRECTION IN
WHICH VESSELS ARE MOVING IN FOG, MIST, FALLING SNOW, AND TRICK WEATHER, AND AT NIGHT.-RULES FOR THE PREVENTION OF COLLISIONS AND RULES OF THE
1. Visibility, number, and position of lights to be carried by
steamers laying cable.
(h) Fishing vessels.
of instruments. (a) For use in fog, mist, falling snow, and thick weather, as
For steamers under way.
including steamers laying cable.
For steamers meeting or crossing.
For steamers backing.
GENERAL DIVISION 1-Continued.
3. Steering and sailing rules.
overtaken by each other.
taken by each other.
overtaken by steamers.
taken by sailing vessels.
GENERAL DIVISION 2.
REGULATIONS TO DETERMINE THE SEA-WORTHINESS OF VESSELS.
(a) Construction of vessels.
GENERAL DIVISION 3.
DRAFT TO WHICH VESSELS SHOULD BE RESTRICTED WHEN LOADED.
UNIFORM REGULATIONS REGARDING THE DESIGNATING AND MARKING OF VESSELS.
(a) Position of name on vessels.
GENERAL DIVISION 5.
SAVING LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM SHIPWRECK.
1. Saving of life and property from shipwreck at sea.
(a) Duties of vessels after collision.
(Life-boats, life-preservers, life-rafts, pumps, and fire.