Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Maritime Affairs of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, House of Representatives, Eighty-second Congress, First Session on H.R. 3670, a Bill to Authorize the President to Proclaim Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, May 9, 10, and 11, 1951

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Considers legislation authorizing President to adopt for U.S. usage recently revised International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

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Page 7 - ... unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of twenty points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light ten points on each side of the vessel, viz., from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side, and of such a character as to be visible at a distance of at least five miles.
Page 23 - Every vessel coming up with another vessel from any direction more than two points abaft her beam, that is, in such a position, with reference to the vessel which she is overtaking that at night she would be unable to see either of that vessel's side-lights, shall be deemed to be an overtaking vessel...
Page 25 - When a vessel is in distress and requires assistance from other vessels or from the shore, the following shall be the signals to be used or displayed by her, either together or separately, viz. : — ' In the daytime — 1. A gun or other explosive signal fired at intervals of about a minute. 2. The International Code signal of distress indicated by NC 3.
Page 10 - By day she shall carry in a vertical line one over the other, not less than 6 feet apart, where they can best be seen, three shapes not less than 2 feet in diameter...
Page 23 - In narrow channels every steam vessel shall, when it is safe and practicable, keep to that side of the fairway or mid-channel which lies on the starboard side of such vessel.
Page 25 - Mayday« ; (f) the International Code Signal of distress indicated by NC; (g) a signal consisting of a square flag having above or below it a ball or anything resembling a ball...
Page 13 - On the near approach of or to other vessels they shall have their side lights lighted, ready for use, and shall flash or show them at short intervals, to indicate the direction in which they are heading, but the green light shall not be shown on the port side, nor the red light on the starboard side.
Page 10 - ... in a vertical line one over the other, not less than 6 feet apart, and of such a character as to be visible all round the horizon at a distance of at least 2 miles...
Page 6 - In the following rules every steam vessel which is under sail and not under steam is to be considered a sailing vessel, and every vessel under steam, whether under sail or not, is to be considered a steam vessel. The words " steam vessel" shall include any vessel propelled by machinery. A vessel is
Page 25 - Nothing in these rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner or master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to carry lights or signals, or of any neglect to keep a proper lookout, or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.

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