Statutes relating to the navigation of vessels.

Steam and sail vessels..


Ocean, steam sail vessels.

All steam vessels.

Sail vessels

Small vessels..

Pilot vessels...

Miscellaneous craft.

Open boats...

Public vessels; exemptions-

Fog signals.-

Steering and sailing rules.

Risk of collision.

Sail vessels.

Steam vessels.

Departure from rules.-

Orders to helmsmen..

Passing regulations.

Penalty --

Safe navigation.


Pilot rules for western rivers..

Rules for vessels passing each other..

Rules for lights for certain classes of vessels on western rivers_

Boundary lines of inland waters-

Atlantic coast...

Gulf coast.

Pacific coast.

Regulations to promote the safety of life on navigable waters during

regattas or marine parades ---

War Department rules and regulations governing the display of signals on,

and the operation of, all craft.

The law..

The regulations.-

Motorboat Act of April 25, 1940-

Classes of motorboats.




Pilot rules not required.

Penalty for negligent operation.

Penalty for other violations of Act.

Regulations; enforcement..

Certificate of award of number; exemptions.-

Motorboat regulations--

Requirements for all motorboats except those of over 15 gross tons

carrying passengers for hire----

Requirements for motor vessels except those of more than 15 gross

tons carrying passengers for hire---
Requirements for motorboats and motor vessels of more than 15 gross

tons carrying passengers for hire---

Hurricane, storm, and small-craft warning signals-

Resuscitation of the apparently drowned.

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(Sections of the Revised Statutes of the United States and Acts of Congress Relating to the Navigation of Vessels on the Red River of the North and Rivers Emptying Into the Gulf of Mexico, and Their Tributaries)

That sections forty-two hundred and thirty-three, and forty-four hundred and twelve (with the regulations made in pursuance thereof, except the rules and regulations for the government of pilots of steamers navigating the Red River of the North and rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico and their tributaries, and except the rules for the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters as far east as Montreal), and forty-four hundred and thirteen of the Revised Statutes of the United States, and chapter two hundred and two of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-three, and sections one and three of chapter one hundred and two of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-five, and sections five, twelve, and thirteen of the act approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninetyseven, entitled “An act to amend the laws relating to navigation, and all amendments thereto, are hereby repealed so far as the harbors, rivers, and inland waters aforesaid (except the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters as far east as Montreal and the Red River of the North and rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico, and their tributaries) are concerned. *(33 U.S.C. 301, 302, 311-352)

SEC. 4233. The following rules for preventing collisions on the water shall be followed in the navigation of vessels of the Navy and of the mercantile marine of the United States :


RULE ONE. Every steam vessel which is under sail and not under steam shall be considered a sail vessel; and every steam vessel which is under steam, whether under sail or not, shall be considered a steam vessel. The words steam vessel shall include any vessel propelled by machinery.


When exhibited

RULE TWO. The lights mentioned in the following rules, and no others, shall be carried in all weathers, between sunset and sunrise.

Ocean, steam sail vessels

RULE THREE. All ocean going steamers, and steamers carrying sail, shall, when under way, carry

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Towing lights

#raw. Mtasum verschy, when towing other vessels, shall carry Io bright white insthead lights vertically, in addition to their side

a to distinguish them from other steam vessels. Each of Weithew light shall be of the same character and construction as the immstbond lights prescribed by rule three.

All steam vessels

Rew mive. All om vossels, other than oceangoing steamers and femmes enrrying nil, shall, when under way, carry on the star

and port Micles lights of the same character and construction and in the anno position as aro prescribed for side lights by rule Threes, op in the case provided in rule six.

Itong itontot by the former Board of Supervising Inspectors, January 31, 1908, Hellering Necretary of Commerce on August 20, 1908, and reaffirmed by I wann dimmel recommending lights for towboats:

'W *w. This the one of this board that where towboats navigating rivers whose ***** Hommi Metinle of Montoothad it necessary to use a signal light or lights on the ih in ihes Hedrined to 11e, uniformily, two red lights, one above the other,

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River steam vessels; location of lights RULE SIX. River steamers navigating waters flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and their tributaries, shall carry the following lights, namely: One red light on the outboard side of the port smoke pipe, and one green light on the outboard side of the starboard smoke pipe. Such lights shall show both forward and abeam on their respective sides.

Range lights RULE SEVEN. All coasting steam vessels, and steam vessels other than ferryboats and vessels otherwise expressly provided for, navigating the bays, lakes, rivers, or other inland waters of the United States, except those mentioned in rule six, shall carry the red and green lights, as prescribed for oceangoing steamers; and, in addition thereto, a central range of two white lights; the after light being carried at an elevation of at least fifteen feet above the light at the head of the vessel. The headlight shall be so constructed as to show a good light through twenty points of the compass, namely: from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side of the vessel; and the after light so as to show all around the horizon. The lights for ferryboats, barges, and canal boats when in tow of steam vessels, shall be regulated by such rules as the Board of Supervising Inspectors 2 of Steam Vessels shall prescribe.

Sail vessels

RULE EIGHT. Sail vessels, under way or being towed, shall carry the same lights as steam vessels under way, with the exception of the white masthead lights, which they shall never carry.

Small vessels

RULE NINE. Whenever, as in case of small vessels during bad weather, the green and red lights cannot be fixed, these lights shall be kept on deck, on their respective sides of the vessel, ready for instant exhibition, and shall, on the approach of or to other vessels, be exhibited on their respective sides in sufficient time to prevent collision, in such manner as to make them most visible, and so that the green light shall not be seen on the portside, nor the red light on the starboard side. To make the use of these portable lights more certain and easy, they shall each be painted outside with the color of the light they respectively contain, and shall be provided with suitable screens.

Anchor lights RULE TEN. All vessels, whether steam vessels or sail vessels, when at anchor in roadsteads or fairways, shall, between sunset and sunrise, exhibit where it can best be seen, but at a height not exceeding twenty feet above the hull, a white light in a globular lantern of eight inches in diameter, and so constructed as to show a clear, uniform, and unbroken light, visible all around the horizon, and at a

2 Under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1946 (11 F. R. 7875), all the functions of the Board of Supervising Inspectors are transferred to the Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard.


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