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EXAMINATIONS OF MASTERS AND MATES
FOREIGN-GOING SHIPS & HOME-TRADE PASSENGER SHIPS
VOLUNTARY EXAMINATIONS IN STEAM.
1. UNDER the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1854, (17 and 18 Vict., c. 104, 1.8. 136–161, no Foreign-going Ship* or Home Trade Passenger Ship can obtain a clearance or transire, or legally proceed to sea, from any port in the United Kingdom, anless the Master thereof, and in the case of a Foreign-going Ship, the First and Second Mates or only Mate, (as the case may be), and in the case of a Home Trade Passonger Ship, the First or Only Mate, (as the case may be), have oblained and possess valid Certificates of Competency or Service, appropriate to their several stations in such ship, or of a higher grade; and no such ship, if of one hundred tons burden or upwards, can legally proceed to Bea unless at least one officer besides the Master has obtained and possesses a valid Cortificate appropriate to the grade of Oaly Mate therein, or to a higher grade; and overy person who, having been engaged to serve as Master, or as First or Second or Only Mate of any Foreign-going Ship, or as Master or First or Only Mate of a Home Trade Passenger Ship, goes to sea as such Master or Mate, without being at the time entitled to and possessed of such a Certificate as the act requires, or who employs any person as Master, or First, Second, or Only Mate of any Foreign-going Ship, or as Master or First or Only Mate of any Home Trade Passenger Ship, without ascertaining that he is at the time entitled to and possessed of such Certificate, for each offence incurs a penalty not exceeding Afty pounds.
2. Every Certificate of Competency for a Foreign-going Ship, is to be deemed to be of a higher grade than the corresponding Certificate for a Home Trade Passenger Ship, and entitles the lawful holder to go to sea in the corresponding grade in such last-mentioned Ship; but no Certificate for a Home Trade Passenger Ship, entitles the holder to go to sea as Master or Mate of a Foreign-going Ship, nor does a Certificate of Service entitle the possessor to act in a vessel of any class except that for which it is granted.
3. Certificates of Competency will be granted to those persons who pass the requisite examinations, and otherwise comply with the requisite conditions.
For this purpose • By a Foreign-going Ship is meant one which is bound to some place out of the United Kingdom, beyond the limits included between the river Elde and Brest; and by a Home Trade Passenger ship is ineant any Home Trade Ship employed in c'rrying Pass inzers; and it is to be observed that Foreign Steam Ships when employed in carrying passengers between places in the United Kingdom, are subject to all the provisions of the Act, as regards Certificates of Masters and Mates, to which British Steam Ships are subject. , (3 291.)
POR MASTERS AND MATES.
examiners have been appointed, and arrangements have been made for holding examinations at the ports and upon the days mentioned below:
Wednesday in each week. Belfaste
ist and 3rd Tuesday in each month. Bristol*
2nd and 4th Tuesday in each month. Cardiff
180 Tuesday in each month. Cork
2nd and 4th Monday in each month. Dublin
2nd and 4th Tuesday in each month. Dundee*
Thursday in each week, Glasgow
Tuesday in each week, alternately with Greenock. Greenock
Tuesday in each week, alternately with Glasgow. Hull
2nd and 4th Tuesday in each month. Loith
2nd and 4th Tuesday in each month. Liverpool
Monday and Thursday in each week. London*
Monday in each week. Masters' voluntary exami
nation in Steam held on Friday in each week. Plymouth
Tuesday in each week. Shields, South *
180 and 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday in each month. Southampton*
Ist and 3rd Thursday in each month. Sunderland
and and 4th Tuesday in each month. Swansea
1st and 3rd Tuesday in each month. N.B.—The examination days are liable to occasional alteration, and Candidates are therefore advised to ascertain the actual date from the Superintendent of the Mercantile Marine Office.
4. The examinations will commence early in the forenoon on the days mentioned in the above list and will be continued from day to day until all the Candidates whose names appear upon the Superintendent's list on the day of examination are examined. 5. Candidates for examination must make their application upon
the appropriate form (Exn. 2.) which must be filled up at a Mercantile Marine Office.
The Exo. 2., properly Alled in, together with the Candidate's testimonials and discharger, must be lodged with the Local Marine Board, if there is a Local Marine Board at the port, and if there is not, with the Superintendent of the Mercantile Marine Office, not later than the day before the day of examination (except in the case of Londont and Liverpool), and the Candidate must conform to any regulations in this respect which may be laid down by the Local Marine Board or the Board of Trade, as if this be not done, delay may be occasioned.
6. Testimonials of character, and sobriety, experience, ability, and good conduct on board ship for at least the twelve months of service immediately preceding the date of application to be examined, will be required of all applicants, and without producing them no person will be examined. As such testimonials and discharges may have to be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. General of Seamen in London for verification before the Candidate can be examined, it is desirable that they should be handed in together with the Form Exn. 2. as early as possible.
7. The testimonials of servitude of Foreigners and of British Seamen serving in foreign vessels, which cannot be verified by the Registrar-General of Seamen, must be confirmed either by the Consul of the country to which the ship in which the candidate served belonged, or by some other recognized official authority of that country, or by the testimony of some credible person on the spot having personal knowledge of the facts required to be established. The production, however, of such proofs will not of necessity be deemed sufficient. Each case will be decided on its own merits, and if the sufficiency of the proofs given appears to be at all doubtful, it must be referred to the Board of Trade.
8. Should any doubt exist as to the age of a Candidate, he will be required to produce a certificate of birth.
At these places Masters' Extra Examinations are held. + At London applications for examination must be made on Fridays from 10 till 4, and on Saturdays from 10 till 2.
At Liverpool applications for examination must be made on Wednesdays and Saturdays during office hours.