The Mercantile navy list. 1848 [4 issues], 49 [2 issues], 50-53,57-61,64-71,80,81,92-1939

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Page 7 - Mates are made compulsory, the qualifications have been kept as low as possible ; but it must be distinctly understood that it is the intention of the Board of Trade to raise the standard from time to time, whenever, as will no doubt be the case, the general attainments of officers in the merchant service, shall render it possible to do so without inconvenience...
Page 5 - ... unless at least one officer besides the master has obtained and possesses a valid certificate appropriate to the grade of only mate therein or to a higher grade ; and every person who, having been engaged to serve as master or as first or second or only mate of any foreign-going ship...
Page 5 - Boards, and arrangements have been made for holding the examinations at the several ports upon the days specified against them ; and these days are so arranged for general convenience, that a candidate wishing to proceed to sea, and missing the day at his own port, may proceed to another port where an examination is coming forward. The days for commencing the examinations at the various ports are set forth in pages 8 to 11 of this work.
Page 5 - A certificate of competency for a foreign-going ship shall be deemed to be of a higher grade than the corresponding certificate for a home-trade passenger ship...
Page 6 - ... the sun ; to work the latitude by single altitude of the sun off the meridian ; and be able to use and adjust the sextant by the sun. In Seamanship. — In addition to the qualification required for an only Mate, a more extensive knowledge of seamanship will be required, as to shifting large spars and sails, managing a ship in stormy weather, taking in and making sail, shifting yards and masts, &c., and getting...
Page 6 - Mate, he must be able to find the latitude by a star, &c. He will be asked questions as to the nature of the attraction of the ship's iron upon the compass, and as to the method of determining it. He will be examined in so much of the laws of the tides as is necessary to enable him to shape a course, and to compare his soundings with the depths marked on the charts. He...
Page 6 - A FIRST MATE must be nineteen years of age, and have served five years at sea, of which one year must have been as either Second or Only Mate, or as both.* In NAVIGATION. — In addition to the qualification required for an Only Mate, he must be able to observe azimuths and compute the variation ; to compare chronometers and keep their rates, and find the longitude by them from an observation...
Page 7 - If an applicant is examined for a higher rank and fails, but passes an examination of a lower grade, he may receive a Certificate accordingly, but no part of the fee will be returned.
Page 7 - A MASTER must have served one year as a Mate in the foreign or home trade. In addition to the qualifications required for a Mate, he must show that he is capable of navigating a ship along any coast, for which purpose he will be required to draw upon a chart produced by the examiner the courses and distances he would run along shore from headland to headland, and to give in writing the courses and distances corrected for variation, and the bearings of the headlands and lights, and when the courses...

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