Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department,
Washington, D. C.
In view of the interest felt by maritime nations on the subject of collisions at sea, and the means proposed for the prevention of these disasters, the President of the United States has issued invitations for an International Congress, to be held at Washington during the coming autumn, which will consider the subject of the revision of the existing regulations.
By direction of the Bordeaux Geographical Society, and also at the request of the Geographical Society of Lisbon, Lieutenant M.A. Hautreux, of the French Navy, assisted by Captain Lanneluc, a seaman of long experience in the merchant service, drew up a series of proposed changes, for consideration by the Congress, in which they have endeavored to simplify the present rules.
By permission of M. Hautreux, I have translated the pamphlet containing the result of their labors, and hope that it will prove of service.
Chas. M. McCarteney, Lieutenant, U.S.N.
Division of Sailing Directions.
Hydrographic Office, Washington, D.C.
February 28, 1889.