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HE PREPARATION of this volume was greatly facilitated by years of

first hand experience and application of the materials included. The favorable reception accorded the predecessor volume "Navigation Laws of the United States, 1940", encouraged the author to draw upon his subsequent teaching, writing, and practical experiences to broaden the scope and enhance the utility of that volume.

This volume contains all federal laws and international conventions relating to the chapter headings and covering marine matters. All amendments to January 20, 1953 are included.

The continuity of the first part of this volume is identical to the continuity of its predecessor volume. The laws, international conventions and related materials have been arranged in chapters to follow the vessel from the time of building to her admeasurement, affixing her load line, inspection, documentation, manning and radio equipment. Thereafter, follow chapters on domestic commerce, cargoes, clearance, rules of navigation, aids and obstructions to navigation, and consular service abroad. The volume then continues with laws governing the entry of the vessel and her cargoes, the new McCarran Immigration Law, tonnage dues and light money. The remainder of the volume contains chapters on the Coast Guard, marine casualty investigations, nautical education, and the Merchant Marine Act of 1936.

The sections of the volume are numbered for convenient reference. The section headings were supplied in most instances by the author.

The text of the laws is in the language of the statutes as enacted by Congress rather than that of the United States Code, except where the language of the Code is the language of the statute, such as Titles 14, 18, and 28 of the Code, which were enacted as positive law. Consequently, all text references are to the basic statutes rather than to sections of this volume. The location of such statutes in this volume can be easily found through use of the Tables included.

In the Comments of Author references to “C. F. R." are to the Code of Federal Regulations in which will be found all current regulations of every government department, agency, or commission that affect the public.

The references to court decisions were carefully selected from the latest judicial constructions relating to the sections under which they appear.

At the end of the volume appears a valuable Appendix containing information to which quick reference may be desirable. It includes a schedule of navigation fees and lists showing the location of customs collection districts and ports of documentation, and Coast Guard districts and marine inspection offices.

By use of the Tables at the end of the volume, the location of provisions of the Revised Statutes, Acts of Congress, United States Code, Reorganization Plans, Executive Orders, and International Conventions and Treaties included, can be quickly determined.

The volume was compiled and edited by the author, with valuable assistance from the publisher's editorial staff, on his own time, pursuant to written permission of the Commandant, U. S. Coast Guard. Any author's comments are his alone and in no way represent the official views of the Treasury Department or the U. S. Coast Guard.

The author's purpose in preparing this volume was to create a practical and accurate manual for all who have occasion to refer to the marine laws of the United States. If it makes for a better understanding of these laws among those whose interests follow the sea, the author's years of labor in this area will have borne him rich cargo indeed.

March, 1953


Commander, U. S. Coast Guard

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