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as to show a clear, uniform, and unbroken Light visible all around the horizon, and at a distance of at least one mile.
8.–Sailing Pilot Vessels shall not carry the Lights required for other Sailing Vessels, but shall carry a White Light at the Mast-head visible all around the horizon, and shall also exhibit a Flare-up Light every fifteen minutes.
9.—Open Fishing Boats and other open boats shall not be required to carry Side Lights required for other vessels; but shall, if they do not carry such Lights, carry a Lantern having a Green Slide on the one side and a Red Slide on the other side ; and on the approach of or to other vessels such lantern shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision, so that the Green Light shall not be seen on the port side, nor the Red Light on the starboard side.
Fishing Vessels and open boats when at anchor or attached to their nets and stationary, shall exhibit a bright White Light.
Fishing Vessels and open boats shall, however, not be prevented from using a Flare-up in addition, if considered expedient.
RULES CONCERNING FOG SIGNALS. 10.-Whenever there is Fog, whether by day or night, the Fog Signals described below shall be carried and used, and shall be sounded at least every five minutes, viz.
Steam Ships under weigh shall use a Steam Whistle placed before the Funnel not less than eight feet from the deck.
Sailing Ships under weigh shall use a Fog Horn.
Steam Ships and Sailing Ships when not under weigh shall use a Bell.
STEERING AND SAILING RULES.
11.-If two Sailing Ships are meeting end on, or nearly end on, so as to involve risk of collision, the helms of both shall be put to port, so that each may pass on the port side of the other.
12.-When two Sailing Ships are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, then if they have the wind on different sides, the ship with the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the ship with the wind on the starboard side, except in the case in which the ship with the wind on the port side is close hauled and the other ship free, in which case the latter ship shall keep out of the way; but if they have the wind on the same side, or if one of them has the wind aft, the ship which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the ship which is to leeward.
13.-If two ships under Steam are meeting end on, or nearly end on, so as to involve risk of collision, the helms of both shall be put to port, so that each may pass on the port side of the other.
14.-If two ships under Steam are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the ship which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way of the other.
15.-If two ships, one of which is a Sailing Ship and the other a Steam Ship, are proceeding in such directions as to involve risk of collision, the Steam Ship shall keep out of the way of the Sailing Ship.
16.-Every Steam Ship, when approaching another ship so as to involve risk of collision, shall slacken her speed, or if necessary, stop and reverse; and every Steam Ship shall, when in a fog, go at a moderate speed.
17.-Every vessel overtaking any other vessel shall keep out of the way of the said last-mentioned vessel.
18.—Where by the above rules one of two ships is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course, subject to the qualifications contained in the following Article.
19.-In obeying and construing these Rules, due regard must be had to all dangers of navigation; and due regard must also be had to any special circumstances which may exist in any particular case, rendering a departure from the above rules necessary in order to avoid immediate danger.
20.—Nothing in these rules shall exonerate any ship or the owner or master or crew thereof from the
any neglect to carry Lights or Signals, or of any neglect to keep a proper look-out, or the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of Seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.
ADMIRALTY NOTICE RESPECTING LIGHTS AND SIGNALS TO BE CARRIED BY SEA
GOING VESSELS EMPLOYED IN LAYING TELEGRAPH CABLES, By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
By virtue of the power and authority vested in us, we hereby make the following Regulations, and require and direct that they be strictly observed and carried into effect on and after the first day of September next. The following Regulations are to be read with and construed as forming part of the Regulations issued by us, and dated 24th February, 1858, viz. the “ Admiralty Regulations as to Lights and Fog Signals to be carried by Šteam and Sailing Vessels under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1854.”
STEAM VESSELS EMPLOYED IN LAYING DOWN
TELEGRAPH TABLES. 1. All Sea-going Steam Vessels employed in laying down Telegraph Cables when under steam shall, between sunset and sunrise, exhibit the following Lights in addition to the Masthead and coloured Side Lights required by the Regulations issued by us, and dated 24th February, 1858, viz.
Two bright Red Lights hung vertically below the White
Light at the Foremast head, each of the intervals
between the Lights to be four feet. The Red Lights required by this Regulation shall be so constructed as to be visible to the same distance and in the same direction as the White Light.
2.-All sea-going Steam Vessels employed in laying down Telegraph Cables when under steam shall, between sunrise and sunset, carry the following distinctive Signals, viz.
Two opaque Black Balls hung vertically from the Fore
mast-head. The lower Ball shall be four feet from the upper Ball. Each of these Balls shall be not less than three feet in
diameter. Dated this 4th day of August, 1862. By command of their Lordships,
W. G. ROMAINE, Secretary. RULE OF THE ROAD, &c. Which Tack bears up to avoid collision ?
The Port Tack. Suppose the Look-out reported a Ship a-head, what would you do? I would go forward first and see what Tack she was on, and
then if necessary shift the helm to get clear of her. Passing down the English Channel, if you see a Ship's Green Light,
which Coast will she be steering for ? She would be going towards the English Coast. Suppose you were running with a fair wind, and meet a Ship on a
wind, what would you do? I would give way to her. Suppose you are close-hauled on the Port Tack, and meet a Ship
close-hauled on the Starboard Tack, what would you do? I would give way to her. With respect to Steamers, they are considcred as Vessels with a fair
wind, and consequently they always port their helm. If you saw a Steamer's Three Lights a-head, what would
helm and pass her on the port side.
GUIDANCE OF MASTERS AND SEAMEN WHEN USING THE MORTAR AND ROCKET LINES
FOR SAVING LIFE FROM SHIPWRECK. In the event of your vessel stranding within a short distance of the United Kingdom, and the lives of the crew being placed in danger, assistance will, if possible, be rendered from the shore in the following manner, namely
1.-A rocket or shot with a thin line attached will be fired across your vessel. Get hold of this line as soon as you can, and when you have secured it, let one of the crew be separated from the rest, and (if in the daytime) wave his hat or his hand, or a flag or a handkerchief; or (if at night) let a rocket, a blue light, or a gun be fired, or let a light be shewn over the side of
the ship, and be again concealed, as a signal to those on shore.
2.—When you see one of the men on shore, separated from the rest, wave a red flag, or (if at night) show a red light and then conceal it, you are to haul upon the rocket line until you get a tailed block with an endless fall rove through it.
3.-Make the tail of the block fast to the mast about fifteen feet above the deck, or if your masts are gone, to the highest secure part of the vessel; and when the tail block is made fast, and the rocket line unbent from the whip, let one of the crew, separated from the rest, make the signal required by Article 1, above.
4.-As soon as the signal is seen on shore, a hawser will be bent to the whip line, and will be hauled off to the ship by those on shore.
5.-When the hawser is got on board, the crew should at once make it fast to the same part of the ship as the tailed block is made fast to, only about eighteen inches higher, taking care that there are no turns of the whip line round the hawser.
6.—When the hawser has been made fast on board, the signal directed by Article 1. above is to be repeated.
7.—The men on shore will then pull the hawser taut, and by means of the whip line will haul off to the ship a sling life buoy fitted with petticoat breeches. The person to be hauled ashore is to get into this sling, thrusting his legs through the breeches and resting his armpits on the life-buoy. When he is in and secure, one of the crew must be separated from the rest and again signal to the shore as directed in Article 1, above. The people on shore will then haul the person in the sling to the shore, and when he has landed will haul back the empty sling to the ship for others. This operation will be repeated to and fro until all persons are hauled ashore from the wrecked vessel.
8.-It may sometimes happen that the state of the weather and the condition of the ship will not admit of a hawser being
in which case the sling will be hauled off instead, and the persons to be rescued will be hauled in it through the surf instead of along the hawser.
Masters and crews of wrecked vessels should bear in mind that the success in landing them may in a great measure DEPEND UPON THEIR COOLNESS AND ATTENTION TO THE RULES HERE LAID DOWN ; and that by attending to them many lives are annually saved by the Mortar and Rocket Apparatus on the Coasts of the United Kingdom. The system of signalling must be strictly adhered to ; and
0 all women, children, passengers, and helpless persons should be landed before the crew of the ship.