1122 TREATIES INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA. PREAMBLE. The Governments of Germany, the Commonwealth of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Spain, the Irish Free State, the United States of America, Finland, France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics; being desirous of promoting safety of life at sea by establishing in common agreement uniform principles and rules directed thereto; Considering that this end may best be achieved by the conclusion of a Convention; Have appointed their Plenipotentiaries, namely: The Government of Germany: Dr. Friedrich STHAMER, Ambassador Extraordinary and Pleni- potentiary of the German Reich in London. Mr. Gustav KOENIGS, Ministerialdirigent in the Reichsverkehrs- ministerium, Geheimer Regierungsrat, Berlin. Mr. Arthur WERNER, Oberregierungsrat in the Reichsverkehrs- ministerium, Geheimer Justizrat, Berlin. Mr. Walter LAAS, Professor, Director of the "Germanischer Lloyd" Classification Society, Berlin. Dr. Otto RIESS, Director ret. of the Reichsschiffsvermessungs- amt, Geheimer Regierungsrat, Neubrandenburg. Mr. Hermann GIESS, Ministerialrat in the Reichspostmini- sterium, Berlin. Vice-Admiral Hugo DOMINIK, President of the "Deutsche See- warte, Hamburg." The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia: Captain Henry James FEAKEB, Royal Australian Navy, Com- monwealth Naval Representative in London. Lieut. - Commander Thomas FREE, Royal Naval Reserve (Re- tired). Captain J. K. DAVIS, Commonwealth Director of Navigation. The Government of Belgium: Baron DE GERLACHE DE GOMERY, Director-General of the Marine Department. Mr. Gustave DE WINNE, Ing6nieur en Chef, Director of the Marine Department. Mr. Georges GooR, Adviser to the Marine Department. Contracting Pow- ers. Plenipotentiaries.