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R, S., 4509.
82. Owners or masters may ship seamen in certain cases.
Any person other than a commissioner under this Title FR. S., 4501-4613], who shall perform or attempt to perform, either directly or indirectly, the duties which are by this Title set forth as pertaining to a shipping-commissioner, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than five hundred dollars.
Nothing in this Title [R. S., 4501-4613], however, shall prevent the owner, or consignee, or master of any vessel except vessels bound from a port in the United States to any foreign port, other than vessels engaged in trade between the United States and the British North American possessions, or the West India Islands, or the republic of Mexico, and vessels of the burden of seventy-five tons or upward bound from a port on the Atlantic to a port on the Pacific, or vice versa, from performing, himself, so far as his vessel is concerned, the duties of shipping-commissioner under this Title. Whenever the master of any vessel shall engage his crew, or any part of the same, in any collection-district where no shipping-commissioner shall have been appointed, he may perform for himself the duties of such commissioner. 83. Apprentices.
Every shipping-commissioner appointed under this Title [R. S., 4501-4613] shall, if applied to for the purpose of apprenticing boys to the sea-service, by any master or owner of a vessel, or by any person legally qualified, give such assistance as is in his power for facilitating the making of such apprenticeships; but the shipping-commissioner shall ascertain that the boy has voluntarily consented to be bound, and that the parents or guardian of such boy have consented to such apprenticeship, and that he has attained the age of twelve years, and is of sufficient health and strength, and that the master to whom such boy is to be bound is a proper person for the purpose. Such apprenticeship shall terminate when the apprentice becomes eighteen years of age. The shipping-commissioner shall keep a register of all indentures of apprenticeship made before him.
The master of every foreign-going vessel shall, before carrying any apprentice to sea from any place in the United States, cause such apprentice to appear before the shipping-commissioner before whom the crew is engaged, and shall produce to him the indenture by which such apprentice is bound, and the assignment or assignments thereof, if any; and the name of the apprentice, with the date of the indenture and of the assignment or assignments thereof, if any, shall be entered on the agreement; which shall be in the form, as near as may be, given in the table marked “A” in the schedule annexed to this Title [R. S., 4501-1613]; and no such assignment shall be made with
R, S., 4510.
out the approval of a commissioner, of the apprentice,
The master of every vessel bound from a port in the r. S., 4511. United States to any foreign port other than vessels engaged in trade between the United States and the British North American possessions, or the West India Islands, or the republic of Mexico, or of any vessel of the burden of seventy-five tons or upward, bound from a port on the Atlantic to a port on the Pacific, or vice versa, shall, before he proceeds on such voyage, make an agreement, in writing or in print, with every seaman whom he carries to sea as one of the crew, in the manner hereinafter mentioned; and every such agreement shall be, as near as may be, the form given in the table marked A, in the schedule annexed to this Title [R. S., 4501_4613], and shall be dated at the time of the first signature thereof, and shall be signed by the master before any seaman signs the same, and shall contain the following particulars:
First. The nature and, as far as practicable, the duration of the intended voyage or engagement, and the port or country at which the voyage is to terminate.
Second. The number and description of the crew, specifying their respective employments.
Third. The time at which each seaman is to be on board, to begin work.
Fourth. The capacity in which each seaman is to serve.
Fifth. The amount of wages which each seaman is to receive.
Sixth. A scale of the provisions which are to be furnished to each seaman.
Seventh. Any regulations as to conduct on board and Mar. 3, 1897. as to fines, short allowances of provisions, or other lawful Sec. 19. punishments for misconduct, which may be sanctioned by Congress or authorized by the Secretary of Commerce and Feb. 14, 1903. Labor not contrary to or not otherwise provided for by law, which the parties agree to adopt.
Eighth. Any stipulations in reference to allotment of June 26, 1884. wages, or other matters not contrary to law. (Repealed so far as relates to allotments in trade between the United States, Dominion of Canada, Newfoundland, the West Dec. 21, 1898. Indies and Mexico, and coasting trade of the United Sec. 25. States, except between Atlantic and Pacific ports, by sec. 25 of Act of December 21, 1898.]
The following rules shall be observed with respect to R. S., 4512. agreements:
First. Every agreement except such as are otherwise specially provided for, shall be signed by each seaman in the presence of a shipping-commissioner.
R. S., 4513.
Second. When the crew is first engaged the agreement shall be signed in duplicate, and one part shall be retained by the shipping commissioner, and the other part shall contain a special place or form for the description and signatures of persons engaged subsequently to the first departure of the ship, and shall be delivered to the master.
Third. Every agreement entered into before a shipping-
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personally appeared before me, a shipping-commissioner in and for the said county, A. B., C. D., and E. F., severally known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument, who each for himself acknowledged to me that he had read or had heard read the same; that he was by me made acquainted with the conditions thereof, and understood the same; and that, while sober and not in a state of intoxication, he signed it freely and voluntarily, for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.”
Section 4511 shall not apply to masters of vessels where the seamen are by custom or agreement entitled to participate in the profits or result of a cruise or voyage,
nor to masters of coastwise nor to masters of lake-going Feb. 18, 1895. vessels that touch at foreign ports; but seamen may, by
agreement, serve on board such vessels a definite time, or,
on the return of any vessel to a port in the United States, June 19, 1886.
may reship and sail in the same vessel on another voyage, without the payment of additional fees to the shippingcommissioner.
[NOTE.-Sec. 4511, however, does apply in part to masters of coast wise vessels whose crews are shipped under provisions of the act of Feb. 18, 1895.]
The master shall, at the commencement of every voyage or engagement, cause a legible copy of the agreement, omitting signatures, to be placed or posted up in such part of the vessel as to be accessible to the crew; and on default shall be liable to a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars. 85. Period of engagement.
A master of a vessel in the foreign trade may engage a seaman at any port in the United States, in the manner provided by law, to serve on a voyage to any port, or for
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June 26, 1884.
the round trip from and to the port of departure, or for a definite time, whatever the destination. The master of a vessel making regular and stated trips between the United States and a foreign country may engage a seaman for one or more round trips, or for a definite time, or on the return of said vessel to the United States may reship such seamen for another voyage in the same vessel, in the manner provided by law, without the payment of additional fees to any officer for such reshipment or re-engagement. 86. Penalty for shipment without agreement.
If any person shall be carried to sea, as one of the crew R. S., 4514. on board of any vessel making a voyage as hereinbefore specified, without entering into an agreement with the master of such vessel, in the form and manner, and at the place and times in such cases required, the vessel shall be held liable for each such offense to a penalty of not more than two hundred dollars. But the vessel shall not be held liable for any person carried to sea, who shall have secretly stowed away himself without the knowledge of the master, mate, or of any of the officers of the vessel, or who shall have falsely personated himself to the master, mate, or officers of the vessel, for the purpose of being carried to sea.
If any master, mate, or other officer of a vessel know- Ir. S., 4515. ingly receives, or accepts, to be entered on board of any merchant-vessel, any seaman who has been engaged or supplied contrary to the provisions of this Title îR. S., 4501_4613], the vessel on board of which such seaman shall be found shall, for every such seaman, be liable to a penalty of not more than two hundred dollars. 87. Shipment in foreign ports before consuls.
Every master of a merchant-vessel who engages any R. S., 4517. seaman at a place out of the United States, in which there is a consular officer or commercial agent, shall, before carrying such seaman to sea, procure the sanction of such officer, and shall engage seamen in his presence; and the rules governing the engagement of seamen before a shipping-commissioner in the United States, shall apply to such engagements made before a consular officer or commercial agent; and upon every such engagement the consular officer or commercial agent shall indorse upon the agreement his sanction thereof, and an attestation to the effect that the same has been signed in his presence, and otherwise duly made.
R. S., 4518.
R. S., 4573.
Every master who engages any seaman in any place in which there is a consular officer or commercial agent, otherwise than as required by the preceding section, shall incur a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars,
for which penalty the vessel shall be held liable. June 26, 1884. Every master of a vessel in the foreign trade may enVar. 3, 1897. gage any seaman at any port out of the United States, in
the manner provided by law, to serve for one or more
Before a clearance is granted to any vessel bound on a foreign voyage or engaged in the whale-fishery, the master thereof shall deliver to the collector of the customs a list containing the names, places of birth and residence, and description of the persons who compose his ship's company; to which list the oath of the captain shall be annexed, that the list contains the names of his crew,
together with the places of their birth and residence, as June 19, 1886. far as he can ascertain them; and the collector shall
deliver him a certified copy thereof.
In all cases of private vessels of the United States sailing from a port in the United States to a foreign port, the list of the crew shall be examined by the collector for the district from which the vessel shall clear, and if approved of by him, shall be certified accordingly. No person shall be admitted or employed on board of any such vessel unless his name shall have been entered in the list of the crew, approved and certified by the collector for the district from which the vessel shall clear. The collector, before he delivers the list of the crew, approved and certified, to the master or proper officer of the vessel to which the same belongs, shall cause the same to be recorded in a book by him for that purpose to be provided, and the record shall be open for the inspection of all persons, and a certified copy thereof shall be admitted in evidence in any court in which any question may arise under any of the provisions of this Title [R. S., 45014613.] 89. Failure to produce crew.
The master of every vessel bound on a foreign voyage or engaged in the whale fishery shall exhibit the certified copy of the list of the crew to the first boarding officer at the first port in the United States at which he shall arrive on his return, and also produce the persons named therein to the boarding officer, whose duty it shall be to examine the men with such list and to report the same to the col
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R. S., 4576.