SHIPPING-ARTICLES FOR THE NAVAL SERVICE, FOR PERSONS ENLISTING ON SEA-GOING VESSELS.
We, the subscribers, seamen and others, do, and each of us does, hereby agree to and with
-, of the United States Navy, in manner and
form following, that is to say:
In the first place, we do hereby agree, for the considerations hereinafter mentioned, to enter the service of the Navy of the United States, and in due
and seasonable time to repair on board such vessel of the Navy or to such station as we may be ordered to join, and to the utmost of our power and ability,
respectively, discharge our several services or duties, and be in everything conformable and obedient to the several requirings and lawful commands of
the officers who may, from time to time, be placed over us.
Secondly, we do also oblige and subject ourselves to serve during the term of years from the time of enlistment, unless discharged by proper
authority, and on the conditions provided by the act of Congress "to amend section 1422 of the Revised Statutes of the United States relating to the bet-
ter government of the Navy," approved March 3, 1875, in the following words, to wit:
“SEC. 1422. That it shall be the duty of the Commanding Officer of any fleet, squadron, or vessel acting singly, when on service, to send to an Atlantic
or to a Pacific port of the United States, as their enlistment may have occurred on either the Atlantic or Pacific coast of the United States, in some public
or other vessel, all Petty Officers and persons inferior ratings desiring to go there at the expiration of their terins of enlistment, or as soon thereafter as
may be, unless, in his opinion, the detention of such persons for a longer period should be essential to the public interests, in which case he may detain
them, or any of them, until the vessel to which they belong shall return to such Atlantic or Pacific port. All persons enlisted without the limits of the
United States may be discharged on the expiration of their enlistment, either in a foreign port or in a port of the United States, or they may be detained
as above provided beyond the term of their enlistment; and that all persons sent home, or detained by a Commanding Officer, according to the provisions
of this act, shall be subject in all respects to the laws and regulations for the government of the Navy until their return to an Atlantic or Pacific port and
their regular discharge; and all persons so detained by such officer, or re-entering to serve until the return to an Atlantic or Pacific port of the vessel to
which they belong, sball in no case be held in service more than thirty days after their arrival in said port; and that all persons who sball be so detained
beyond their terms of enlistmont, or who shall, after the termination of their enlistment, voluntarily re-enter to serve until the return to an Atlantic or
Pacific port of the vessel to which they belong, and their regular discharge therefrom, shall receive for the time during which they are so detained, or
shall so serve beyond their original terms of enlistment, an addition of one-fourth of their former pay: Provided, That the shipping-articles shall here-
after contain the substance of this section."
And we do, severally, oblige ourselves, during such service, to comply with and be subject to such laws, regulations, and discipline of the Navy as are
or shall be established by the Congress of the United States or other competent authority.
Thirdly, the said
for and in behalf of the United States, does hereby covenant and agree to and with the said seamen, and others, who
have bereunto signed their names, that they, and each of them, shall be paid, in consideration of such services, the amount per month which, in the col-
umn hereunto annexed, headed "Wages per month,” is set opposite to their names, respectively, or the wages due to the ratings which may, from time
to time, be assigned to them during the continuance of their service aforesaid ; and likewise to advance to each and every one of them, at entrance, due secu.
rity for the same being first given, the amounts set opposite their respective names in the columns headed “Wages advanced,” and “Bounty paid ;” the
receipt of all which they do hereby severally acknowledge.
Seamen and ordinary seamen enlisted for the Engineer's force, when serving on board of soa-going vessels in commission, are to be rated as first and second class firemen, respectively, and are to be paid at the rates of pay established for those ratings. The coal-heavers are to be detailed from the landsmen and paid thirty-three (33) cents per diem, in addition to their regular pay, when steam is up;
Men eulisting under continuous-service certificates will be entitled to receive one dollar per month, in addition to the pay of their respective ratings, for each consecutive re:enlistment for three years, within three months from the dato of their discharge,