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nary anchorage ground, or is in such a position as to be an obstruction to vessels in a fair-way at sea.”
Captain RICHARD (France). Mr. President, it seems to me that the Conference could avoid a waste of valuable time by paying no attention to the wording of the article itself. It would perhaps be better to know first whether the Conference desires to adopt the principle of the arti. cle. If it does it could be subsequently discussed. If, as I trust, the Conference does not approve the principle of the article, it is not nec. essary to discuss its wording. I therefore take the liberty to propose that the Conference be consulted as to its views upon the principle of the article.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, it seems to me that we are in danger of passing on words the full force of which we are not prepared to appreciate. The great question here is whether the idea of the committee will be adopted or not. I think we had better take the question first upon the principle. The matter of wording can very properly be referred to the Collocation Committee. I presume my friend the first delegate from Great Britain will assume that responsibility. Certainly some of the rest of us will be quite willing to unite with him
in doing it. I suggest that we take the question upon the principle, and then word this very carefully. I will move that the principle involved in this subsection f, be adopted and that the word. ing be referred to the Collocation Committee.
Mr. HALL (Great Britain) Mr. President, as a brother member of the Collocation Committee, or I should say, as a very humble member of that committee of which the learned delegate from the United States is the chairman, I am perfectly willing to assume the limited portion of the responsibility which attaches to a member of a committee, and I shall look to my chairman to assist us in the matter. I am very glad to support the proposition which he makes.
The PRESIDENT. The motion is to adopt the principle of subsection f, and if it be carried in the affirmative, to refer it to the Collocation Committee. Is the Conference ready for the question ?
The question was put to the Conference upon the adoption of the motion to refer this paragraph f to the Collocation Committee.
The PRESIDENT. The Chair is unable to decide.
The yeas and nays were as follows:
Yea. China Nay. | Norway.
Yea. Chili Nay. | Portugal.
Yea. Denmark Yea. Russia,
Nay. France.... Nay. Spain....
Nay. Germany Nay. | Sweden...
Nay. Great Britain Yea. Siam....
Yea. Hawaii Yea. The Netherlands
Yea. Italy Yea. United States
The PRESIDENT. Twelve have voted in the affirmative and eight in the negative; so the principle is adopted.
Lieutenant SEOANE (Spain). Mr. President, I had the honor of proposing an amendment to the rules of the road in regard to coupled trawl. ing vessels. It was voted upon during my absence, while the printed amendments were being distributed to the delegates. In view of the custom or the rule requiring a certain time to elapse between the distribution of the printed amendment and its discussion, I would ask the Conference to take up my amendment for a second reading.
The PRESIDENT. The delegate from Spain desires a reconsideration of his amendment, on the ground that it has not been long enough before the Conference, and that he was not present when it was consid. ered.
The question upon the reconsideration of the amendment of the delegate from Spain was put to the Conference and carried.
Lieutenant BEAUGENCY (Chili). Mr. President, the Conference has adopted paragraph f, in principle and has referred it to the Collocation Committee. It would be desirable to have the committee report upon this subsection before their final report is received.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, will the gallant delegate from Chili allow me to suggest the plan which the Collocation Committee will adopt. The committee have had printed, and are using for their own information, the rules as they have been passed. Some amendments are being made by the Collocation Committee.
These will be indicated in our printed report in just the same manner as the amendients made by the Conference. The ordinary sections will contain the resolutions as passed by the Conference, and the amendments made by the Collocation Committee will be in italics, so that every member, in due season, will have notice of what has been done.
Lieutenant BEAUGENCY (Chili). Mr. President, we will not have time to consider them after the final report of the committee comes before us. It would be better to have them in before the report of the Collocation Committee, and have another reading before that time.
Captain MALMBERG (Sweden). Mr. President, if I understand rightly, the gallant delegate from Chili wants the Conference to decide upon the wording of that," in a fair-way at sea." I will support the motion that it be decided here in the Conference how it is to appear in that paragraph. I wish that this article which has now been discussed in principle should be fully discussed in the Conference.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, I suppose that if the committee do not agree with the views of the Conference, in their expression in the report, the amendments can be made to the report of the committee.
Captain MALMBERG (Sweden). Mr. President, will it not save time if the Conference will decide that question.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). The Collocation Committee will be delighted to be relieved from it.
The PRESIDENT. The Chair understands that the delegate from Chili wishes the report on this paragraph made and printed by the Collocation Committee, so that it can be submitted before the final vote on the report of that Committee.
Lieutenant BEAUGENCY (Chili). That is my motion, sir.
The PRESIDENT. So that it will be before the Conference before it comes up for final discussion. That is what I understand the delegate from Chili wishes.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). That will be done, sir.
The PRESIDENT. So that it will be submitted from twenty-four to forty-eight hours before it is finally acted upon.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, that will be true of the whole report. I think there should be forty-eight hours at least given for the consideration of that report when it comes up, becausethat is final. In the meanwhile, of course, the Conference can be discussing some of the other subjects which are coming before it on some of the general subdivisions of the programme.
The Conference thereupon, at 4 p. m., adjourned until Tuesday morn. ing, December 3, 1889, at 11 o'clock.
WASHINGTON, Tuesday, December 3, 1889. The Conference was called to order at 11 o'clock a. m., Rear-Admiral Franklin in the chair.
Captain SALVESEN (Norway). Mr. President, it may perhaps be rather late in the session to ask to have an article reconsidered, but the more I have thought about it and spoken with other delegates, the more I find it desirable to have the article about the lights for a towing vessel reconsidered. As it now stands, a vessel towing more than one vessel shall carry three lanterns, without any exception. The consequence is that the three lanterns will be compulsory, even if only two small barges or boats are taken in tow. Under the discussion, all the arguments in favor of this additional lantern were based upon the long tows which might be met with, particularly on this coast. I beg to move that the length of the tow also should be taken into consideration, so that the rule should be:
“And when towing more than one vessel shall carry an additional bright white light 6 feet above or below such lights, provided that the length of the tow exceeds 600 feet.”
The PRESIDENT. The delegate from Norway moves to reconsider Article 4 for the purpose of making it read as it has just been presented to the Conference. It will now be read by the Secretary.
Mr. HALL (Great Britain). Mr. President, I hope that the delegates will accede to the proposition of the gallant delegate from Norway, because the amendment which he wishes to propose is one that, so far as I can see, is absolutely necessary. The amendment which was accepted some time since by the Conference did not take into consideration the fact that in the wording, as it stands at present, a tug would be obliged to hoist three lights if she took even a second barge in tow, which of course would be an absurdity. So this proposed amendment is merely to put some limit upon the rule and say that a tug towing more than one vessel is not to be obliged to hoist a third light unless it is necessary. I hope, therefore, that the Conference will accede to the motion, as it is really to correct an oversight. Perhaps, therefore, the delegates may be of the opinion that it is not necessary to have this amendment printed and laid before them, but that it may be adopted at this session of the Conference.
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, this subject was first brought before the Conference by an amendment proposed by Captain Norcross of the delegation from the United States, which practically provided for the same thing, and which was approved by the Conference. The amendment which is made to Article 4, which has just been referred to, is somewhat limited in its scope, for it was designed to apply chiefly to the great coal barges which pass from the Southern ports along our coast to Boston and New York and farther to the eastward. We can see that the objection made by Captain Salvesen is a proper one, and the United States delegates are in favor of the amendment proposed by him.
Captain NORCROSS (United States). Mr. President, in offering the amendment to Article 4, I had express view to steamers towing barges at sea at the end of a long hawser. I shall be very glad to accept the amendment offered by the gallant delegate from Norway.
Captain BISBEE (China). Mr. President, I desire to ask whether it will be necessary to indicate what the length of a tow is. Where do you begin to measure; from the stern of the tow to the stern of the after. most vessel being towed ?
Captain SHACKFORD (United States). Mr. President, I should say it would be from the bow of the tow-boat, the whole length of the structure.
The PRESIDENT. The question is upon the reconsideration of the amendment to Article 4.
The question upon the reconsideration was put to the Conference, and was carried.
The PRESIDENT. The article is now before the Conference. The question is upon the passage of Article 4 as amended. The amendment will be read.
The amendment is as follows: To add to extra amendment No. 52, Article 4, the following words: “ Provided that the length of the tow exceeds 600 feet."
Mr. GOODRICH (United States). Mr. President, I suggest to the gal. lant delegate from Norway that these words should come into the amendment at the end of the first paragraph. As the Collocation Committee have the article, the first part of it reads: "A steam-vessel when towing another vessel shall, in addition to its side lights, carry two bright white lights, one over the other, not less than 6 feet apart, and when towing more than one vessel shall carry an additional bright white light 6 feet above or below such lights."
Captain SALVESEN (Norway). Then should come in, “ Provided that the length of the tow exceeds 600 feet.
Captain RICHARD (France). Mr. President, the amendment which has been read has been considered by the Conference, and I have an objection to its language. It seems to me that the expression “six hundred feet," which is something like 180 meters, French measurement, is far too great a length. When a vessel tows another, the length of the hawser varies according to the weather. When the weather is fine and the sea smooth, you can have a comparatively short