Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 29.djvu/909

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PROCLAMATIONS. N0. 18. 885 [No. 18.] BY cum Pansrnmum or mum Umrnn Saunas or Ammuoa. D°°°¤='>°* 3*· *“°°· A PROGLAMATION. _ Whereas an act of _Cougress entitled “An Act To adopt regulations Pr¤=¤¤b1¤- tor preventing colhsions at sea.,” was approved August 19, 1890, the V°‘· 2“· P- 32** said Act being in the following words: I Be ot enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America Collisions at ssa. uu Congress aucmbled, That the following regulations for reventing collisions at sea *2* PF¤¤¤¤'ibl¤S¥°8· shall be followed by all public and private vessels of the United States upon the E°°‘°“° I" P’°'°'"" high seas and in all waters connected therewith, navigable by sca-going vessels. g' PRELIMINARY. _ In the following rules every steam-vessel which is under sail and not under steam 1S to be considered a sailing-vessel, and every vessel under steam, whether under sail or not, is to be considered a steam-vessel. The word " steam-vessel” shall include any vessel propelled by machinerv. A vessel is "11nder way " within the meaning of these rules when she is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore, or aground. nouns coucnmsnsc ments, mn so roam. USMS- The word "visible" in these rules when applied to lights shall mean visible on a dark night with a clear atmosphere. Anncm 1. The rules concerning lights shall be complied with in all weathers from sunset to sunrise, and during such time no other lights which may be mistaken for the prescribed lights shall be exhibited; Am'. 2. A steam-vessel when under way shall carry—(a) Ou or in front of the foremast, or if avessel without a foremast, then in the fore part of the vessel, at a height above the hull of not less than twenty feet, and if the breadth of the vessel exceeds twenty feet, then at a height above the hull not less than such breadth, so, however, that the liiht need not be carried at a greater height above the hull than forty feet, a bright w its light, so constructed as to show an unbroken light overan arc of the horizon of twenty points of the ccmpaes,so iixed as to throw the light ten points mn each side of the vessel, namely, from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side, and of such a character as to bevisible at a distance of at least five miles. (b) On the starboard side a green light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an are of the horizon of ten points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the starboard side, and of such a character as to be visible at a distance of at least two miles. (c) On the port side a red light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an nrc of the horizon of ten points of the compass, so ixed as to throw the light from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on the port side, and of such a character as to he visible at a distance of at least two miles. (d) The said green and red side-lights shall he fitted with inhoard screens projecting at least three feet forvrard from the light, so as to prevent these lights from being seen across the bow. (e) A steam—vessel when under way may carry an additional white light similar in construction to the light mentioned in subdivision (a). These two lights shall be so placed in line with the keel that one shall be at least fifteen feet hieher than the other, and in such a position with reference to each other that the lower i ht shall be ibrward of the upper one. The vertical distance between these lights shall be less than the horizontal distance. ART. 3. A steam-vessel when towing another vessel shall, in addition to her sidelights, carry two bright white lights in a vertical line one over the other, not less than six feet apart, and when towing more than one vessel shall carry an additional hright white light six feet above or below such light, if the length of the tow measuring from the stern of the towing vessel to the stern of the last vessel towed exceeds six hundred feet. Each of these lights shall be of the same construction mul character, and shall be carried in the same position as the white light menfinned in article two (n), excepting the additional light, which may be carried at a height of not less than fourteen feet above the hull. Such steamwessel may carry a small white light abaft the ihnnel or aftermast for the vessel towed to steer by, but such light shall not be visible forward of the beam. ART. 4. (an) A vessel which from any accident is not under command shall carry at the same height as a white light mentioned in article two (:1), where they can best lm seen, and if a steam—vessel in lieu of that light, two red lights, in a vertical line one over the other, not less than six feet apart, and of such a character as to be visible all around the horizon at a distance of at least two miles; and shall by day curry in a vertical line one over the other, not less than six feet apart, where they can best be seen, two black balls or shapes, each two feet in diameter. ( b) A vessel employed in laying or in picking up a telegraph cable shall carry in the same position as the white light mentioned in article two (a), and if a