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of light and air to the machinery or boilers of the ship. (Mar. 2, 1895.) Register Tonnage.
And the proper deduction from the gross tonnage having been made, the remainder shall be deemed the net or register tonnage of such vessels. (Aug. 5, 1882.)
The register of the vessel shall express the number of decks, the tonnage under the tonnage deck, that of the between decks, above the tonnage deck; also that of the poop or other inclosed spaces above the deck, each separately. (R. S. 4153.)
The register or other official certificate of the tonnage or nationality of a vessel of the United States, in addition to what is now required by law to be expressed therein, shall state separately the deductions made from the gross tonnage, and shall also state the net or register tonnage of the vessel.
But the outstanding registers or enrollments of vessels of the United States shall not be rendered void by the addition of such new statement of her tonnage, unless voluntarily surrendered; but the same may be added to the outstanding document or by an appendix thereto, with a certificate of a collector of customs that the original estimate of tonnage is amended. (Aug. 5, 1882.) Net (Register) Tonnage to be Marked.
In every vessel documented as a vessel of the United States the number denoting her net tonnage shall be deeply carved or otherwise permanently marked on her main beam, and shall be so continued; and if the number at any time cease to be continued such vessel shall be subject to a fine of thirty dollars on every arrival in a port of the United States if she have not her tonnage number legally carved or permanently marked. (R. S. 4153; June 19, 1886,
Under the direction of the Secretary of Commerce the Commissioner of Navigation shall make regulations needful to give effect to the provisions of this Act. The Secretary of Commerce shall establish and promulgate a proper scale of fees to be paid for the readmeasurement of the spaces to be deducted from the gross tonnage of a vessel. (Aug. 5, 1882, sec. 3; Mar. 2, 1895, sec. 4.) Appendix of Measurement.
Upon application by the owner or master of an American vessel in foreign trade, collectors of customs, under regulations to be approved by the Secretary of Commerce, are authorized to attach to the register of such vessel an appendix stating separately, for use in foreign ports, the measurement of such space or spaces as are permitted to be deducted from gross tonnage by the rules of other nations and are not permitted by the laws of the United States. (Mar. 2, 1895.)
This Act shall not be construed to require the remeasurement of any American vessel duly measured before April first, eighteen hundred and ninety-five; but upon application by the owner of any
such vessel collectors of customs shall cause such vessel, or the spaces to be deducted, to be measured, according to the provisions of this Act, and if a new register is not issued the statement of such re
measurement shall be attached by an appendix to the outstanding register or enrollment with a certificate of the collector of customs that the original estimate of tonnage is amended pursuant to this Act. (Mar. , 1895, sec. 2.) Vessels Exempt from Measurement.
The provisions foregoing relating to the measurement of vessels shall not be deemed to apply to any vessel not required by law to be registered, or enrolled, or licensed, unless otherwise specially provided. (R. S. 4152.) Measurement of Foreign Vessels.
Whenever it is made to appear to the Secretary of Commerce that the rules concerning the measurement for tonnage of vessels of the United States have been substantially adopted by the government of any foreign country, he may direct that the vessels of such foreign country be deemed to be of the tonnage denoted in their certificates of register or other national papers, and thereupon it shall not be necessary for such vessels to be remeasured at any port in the United States; and when it shall be necessary to ascertain the tonnage of any vessel not a vessel of the United States, the said tonnage shall be ascertained in the manner provided by law for the measurement of vessels of the United States. (R. S. 4154; Aug. 5, 1882, sec. 2.) Exemption from Measurement.
The President of the United States is hereby authorized, whenever in his discretion the needs of foreign commerce may require, to suspend by order, so far and for such length of time as he may deem desirable, the provisions of law prescribing that all the watch officers of vessels of the United States registered for foreign trade shall be citizens of the United States.
Under like conditions, in like manner, and to like extent the President of the United States is also hereby authorized to suspend the provisions of the law requiring survey, inspection, and measurement by officers of the United States of foreign-built vessels admitted to American registry under this Act. (Aug. 18, 1914, sec. 2.)
Part III.-DOCUMENTS OF VESSELS
Oath of master and owner.
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Form of enrollment:
Form of license. Temporary register
Duration of license_ Form of register
Surrender of license_ Numbering of registers --
Enrollment and license to corporaCustody and surrender of register.
tions.. Registers to corporations
Change of owner of enrolled vesselChange of owner of registered vessel.
Change of master of licensed vesselChange of ownership or build
Certification by customs officer.. Change of master of registered vessel
Enrollment outside of district. Mortgage and bill of sale--
Inspection of enrollment and license Sale to alien
Record of American-built vessels Loss of register..
owned by aliens.Failure to deliver former register
Form of certificate of record. Cancellation of register
Offenses against the registry law. Change of trade; issue of temporary
Offenses against enrollment
license laws.Method of enrollment and licenseCarpenter's Certificate.
In order to the registry of any vessel built within the United States, it shall be necessary to produce a certificate, under the hand of the principal or master carpenter, by whom or under whose direction the vessel has been built, testifying that she was built by him or under his direction, and specifying the place where, the time when, and the person for whom, and describing her build, number of decks and masts, length, breadth, depth, tonnage, and such other circumstances as are usually descriptive of the identity of a vessel; which certificate shall be sufficient to authorize the removal of a new vessel from the district where she may be built to another district in the same or an adjoining State, where the owner actually resides, provided it be with ballast only. (R. S. 4147.) Oath of Owner.
In order to the registry of any vessel, an oath shall be taken and subscribed by the owner, or by one of the owners thereof, before the officer authorized to make such registry, declaring, according to the best of the knowledge and belief of the person so swearing, the name of such vessel, her burden, the place where she was built, if built within the United States, and the year in which she was built; or that she has been captured in war, specifying the time, by a citizen of the United States, and lawfully condemned as prize, producing a copy of the sentence of condemnation, authenticated in the usual forms; or that she has been adjudged to be forfeited for a breach of the laws of the United States, producing a like copy of the adjudication of forfeiture; and declaring his name and place of abode, and if he be the sole owner of the vessel, that such is the case; or if there be another owner, that there is such other owner, specifying his name and place of abode, and that he is a citizen of the United States, and specifying the proportion belonging to each owner; and where an owner resides in a foreign country, in the capacity of a counsel of the If any
United States, or as an agent for and a partner in a house or copartnership consisting of citizens of the United States, actually carrying on trade within the United States, that such is the case, that the person so swearing is a citizen of the United States, and that there is no subject or citizen of any foreign prince or state, directly or indirectly, by way of trust, confidence, or otherwise, interested in such vessel, or in the profits or issues thereof; and that the master thereof is a citizen, naming the master, and stating the means whereby or manner in which he is a citizen. (R. S. 4142.)
of the matters of fact alleged in the oath taken by an owner to obtain the registry of any vessel, which within the knowledge of the party so swearing are not true, there shall be a forfeiture of the vessel, together with her tackle, apparel, and furniture, in respect to which the oath shall have been made, or of the value thereof, to be recovered, with the costs of suit, of the person by whom the oath was made. (R. S. 4143.) Master's Oath of Citizenship.
If the master of a vessel is within the district where a registry thereof is to be made when application is made for registering the same, he shall himself, instead of the owner, or of the agent or attorney, as hereinafter mentioned, make oath touching his being a citizen, and the means whereby or manner in which he is a citizen; in which case, if the master shall knowingly swear to anything untrue, no forfeiture of the vessel on account of such false oath shall be incurred, but the master shall be liable to a penalty of one thousand dollars. (R. S. 4144.) Place of Registry.
Every vessel, except as is hereinafter provided, shall be registered by the collector of that collection district which includes the port to which such vessel shall belong at the time of her registry; which port shall be deemed to be that at or nearest to which the owner, if there be but one, or, if more than one, the husband or acting and managing owner of such vessel, usually resides. (R. S. 4141. See act Feb. 16, 1925, p. 464.) Temporary Register.
Whenever any citizen of the United States purchases or becomes owner of any vessel entitled to be registered, such vessel being within any district other than the one in which he usually resides, such vessel shall be entitled to be registered by the collector of the district where she may be, at the time of his becoming owner thereof, upon his complying with the provisions hereinbefore prescribed, in order to the registry of vessels. And the oath which is required to be taken may, at the option of such owner, be taken either before the collector of the district comprehending the port to which such vessel may belong, or before the collector of the district within which such vessel may be, either of whom is hereby empowered to administer such oath. (R. S. 4159.)
Whenever any vessel, registered in pursuance of the provisions of the preceding section, shall arrive within the district comprehending the port to which she belongs, the certificate of registry so obtained shall be delivered up to the collector of such district, who, upon the requisites of this Title [R. S. 4131-4305] in order to the registry of vessels being complied with, shall grant a new one in lieu of the first. The certificate so delivered up shall forthwith be returned by the collector who receives the same to the collector who granted it. If the first-mentioned certificate of registry is not delivered up, as above directed, the owner and the master of such vessel, at the time of her arrival within the district comprehending the port to which she may belong, shall severally be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, and the certificate of registry shall be thenceforth void. (R. S. 4160.)
Whenever any vessel entitled to be registered is purchased by an agent or attorney for or on account of a citizen of the United States, such vessel being in a district of the United States more than fifty miles distant, taking the nearest usual route by land, from the one comprehending the port to which, by virtue of such purchase and by force of this Title [R. S. 4131–4305), such vessel ought to be deemed to belong, it shall be lawful for the collector of the district where such vessel may be, and he is hereby required upon the application of such agent or attorney, to proceed to the registering of the vessel, the agent or attorney first complying, on behalf and in the stead of the owner thereof, with the requisites prescribed by this Title in crder to the registry of vessels, except that, in the oath taken by the agent or attorney, instead of swearing that he is owner or an owner of such vessel, he shall swear that he is agent or attorney for the owner thereof, and that he has, in good faith, purchased the vessel for the person whom he names and describes as the owner thereof. (R. S. 4161.)
Whenever any vessel registered in pursuance of the provisions of the preceding section shall arrive within the district comprehending the port to which she belongs the certificate of registry so obtained shall be delivered up to the collector of such district, who, upon the requirements of this Title [R. S. 4131-4305] in order to the registry of vessels being complied with, shall grant a new one in lieu of the first. The certificate so delivered up shall forthwith be returned to the collector, who shall transmit the same to the collector who granted it. If the first-mentioned certificate of registry is not deliyered up as above directed, the owner and the master of such vessel, at the time of her arrival within the district comprehending the port to which she may belong, shall severally be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, and the certificate of registry shall be thenceforth void. (R. S. 4162.)
If any of the matters of fact alleged in the oath taken by an agent or attorney to obtain the registry of a vessel which are within the knowledge of the party so swearing are not true, there shall be a forfeiture of vessel, together with her tackle, apparel, and furniture, in respect to which the same was made, or of the value thereof, to be recovered, with costs of suit, of the person by whom such oath was made. (R. S. 4163. See R. S. 4189, p. 33, and secs. 37 and 125 Criminal Code, p. 380.) Form of Register.
When the several matters hereinbefore required, in order to the iegistering of any vessel, have been complied with, the collector of