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boats in tow, etc., are not approved as substitutes for life preservers, life belts, buoyant cushions, or ring buoys, but wooden life floats made of light buoyant wood and equipped with hand holds may be used, the dimensions. of each of which shall be not less than 4 feet in length, 12 inches in width, and 1% inches in thickness, and shall not exceed 25 pounds in weight.

(bb) Samples of other substitutes for the articles mentioned must first be submitted to the Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat-Inspection Service, for examination and approval.


sec. 6.

sec. 516.

(cc) Every motor boat, and also every vessel propelled Act June 9, 1910, by machinery other than by steam, and more than 65 U.S. C., title 46, feet in length, shall carry, ready for immediate use, some apparatus for promptly and effectually extinguishing burning gasoline.

Fire extinguishers of a type approved by the department must be carried on all motor boats when being navigated. All motor boats, irrespective of length, must be so equipped.


sec. 7.

sec. 517.

(dd) The penalty for violating any of the provisions of Act June 9, 1910, the foregoing sections of this article is a fine not exceeding U.S. C., title 46, $100. The motor boat shall be liable for the said penalty' and may be seized and proceeded against, by way of libel, in the district court of the United States for any district within which such vessel may be found.

(ee) All violations of the provisions of this article must be reported to the Department of Commerce, regardless of mitigating circumstances, as authority to mitigate and remit the penalties (except for a violation of sec. 6 of the act of June 9, 1910) is vested solely in the Secretary of Commerce.

(ff) Collectors of customs and others will observe that the penalties for violations of existing laws, not in conflict with the act of June 9, 1910, remain unchanged.

(gg) All moneys received as fines or penalties imposed T. D. 31988. by the courts for violation of the act of June 9, 1910, should be paid to the clerk of the court, and by him turned over to the collector or deputy collector of customs in the district or port in which the case arose.

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U. S. C., title 33, sec. 157.


(hh) All motor boats of 5 net tons and over engaged in trade must be documented by the collectors of customs. Vessels under 5 net tons are not documented in any case. The marine document (register, enrollment and license, or license) of the vessel obtained from the collector of customs is additional to and must not be confused with the license required for the operator of a motor boat.

(ii) Documented vessels must have name and home port on stern and name on each side of the bow. Tonnage admeasurement is necessary only in case of vessels requiring to be documented.

(j) Undocumented motor boats, except public vessels and vessels not more than 16 feet in length, equipped with detachable motors, must have an identification number on each bow.

(kk) Motor boats are required to have on board two copies of the pilot rules to be observed by them, which will be furnished by collectors of customs and local inspectors of steam vessels on request. Copies of Department of Commerce (Bureau of Navigation) Circular No. 236 should be inserted therein.

(U) The following is a tabulated statement of equipment required for the respective classes:

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Act June 7, 1918.
B/N Cir. 278.

sec. 288.

Art. 91. Numbering and recording undocumented vesU.SC., title 46, sels.-(a) Every undocumented vessel, operated in whole or in part by machinery, owned by aliens or citizens and kept in the United States and found on the navigable waters thereof, except public vessels, and vessels not exceeding 16 feet in length measured from end to end over the deck, excluding sheer, temporarily equipped with detachable motors, shall be numbered. Such numbers shall be not less than 3 inches in size and shall be painted or attached to each side of the bow of the vessel in such manner and color as to be distinctly visible and legible. (See art. 14.)

B/N Letter
Oct. 18, 1921.

(b) Said numbers, on application of owner or master, shall be awarded by the collector of customs of the district in which the vessel is owned and a record thereof kept in the customhouse of the district in which the owner or managing owner resides. No numbers not so awarded shall be carried on the bow of such vessel.

(c) Notice of destruction or abandonment of such vessels or change in their ownership shall be furnished within 10 days by the owners to the collectors of customs of the districts where such numbers were awarded. Such vessel sold into another district may be numbered anew, but this is not compulsory if the owner desires to retain the original number. The penalty for failure to report the change in ownership is against the new owner and vessel.

(d) The penalty for violation of any provisions of the act shall be $10. Applications for remission or mitigation of the penalty, sworn to and addressed to the Secretary of Commerce, will be received by collectors and transmitted to that official.

(e) In the case of power tenders for a boat which is itself numbered under the act, the tenders take the same number as the parent boat. Tenders of documented boats take a separate number for each power tender. This law does not amend section 14 of the act of March 4, 1915, requiring the marking of lifeboats.

(f) After the application (Commerce Form 1510) and the cards (commerce Forms 1511 and 1512) have been received properly filled out by the master or owner, the collector shall award a number to the boat; mail the award sheet (commerce Form 1513) to the owner; and file the cards by name of owner and by number of boat. Another index by name of boat should be kept by preparing blank cards for that purpose.

Art. 92. Enforcement of navigation laws.-(a) Each T. D. 33558, port of entry is charged with the duty of enforcing the navigation laws. The allotments made by the Department of Commerce to a district for the hire of vessels in connection with the enforcement of such laws shall be distributed throughout the district where they may be used to best advantage, unless specific instructions are sent to the collector from the Department of Commerce making such distribution.

(b) Whenever a violation of the navigation laws occurs at a port of entry other than the headquarters port, the deputy at such port shall submit to the collector a full report of the occurrence, the law violated, and the penalty incurred. The case will then be handled by the collector in the usual manner, the amount of the penalty to be paid to the collector directly or through the deputy collector at the port of entry. The monthly report of such transactions for the entire district shall be made by the collector.

(c) When violations of the navigation laws are reported to collectors of customs they shall in each case make proper entries on commerce Form 1080 or 1080a, and at the end of the month report all of these cases on commerce Form 1081, being careful that the serial number of each case agrees with the serial number shown on commerce Form 1080 or 1080a.

(d) As soon as the collectors receive reports of violations of the navigation laws, they will immediately notify the offender of the penalty incurred, giving full details in each case. The offender shall also be notified by the collector of his privilege of applying to the Secretary of Commerce for relief from the penalties incurred. The application must be sworn to and sent to the collector of customs, and should contain all of the mitigating circumstances of the case. If there is a conflict between the statement of the reporting officer and that of the offender, the offender's statement will be submitted to the reporting officer for a further report. All of the papers will then be submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for action.

(e) The collector shall require the amount of the penalty to be deposited and placed in the special deposit account for navigation funds (using commerce Form 1075) pending the decision of the Secretary of Commerce, unless the collector believes that the collection of the penalty, if ultimately found due, will not be jeopardized by the delay incident to securing the Secretary's decision, in which case the deposit of the penalty may be waived.

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