Sailing Regulations on the Lakes
The sailing regulations, adopted by the masters and owners of vessels on the Lakes, at a meeting held in the city of Buffalo in the winter of 1847, have been acknowledged by Congress and enacted into law with heavy penalties. -- It is a highly beneficent measure in its application to Lake Commerce:
Sect. 5. And be it further enacted, That vessels, steamers and
propellers, navigating the northern and western lakes, shall, from and after the thirtieth day of April next, comply with the following regulations, for the security of life and property to with: During the night, vessels on the starboard tack shall show a red light, vessels on the larboard tack a green light, and vessels going off large, or before the wind, or at anchor, a white light; steamers and propellers shall carry on the stem, or as far forward as possible, a triangular light, at an angle of about sixty degrees, with the horizon, and on the starboard side a light shaded green, and on the larboard side red; said lights shall be furnished with reflectors, &c., complete and of a size to secure a good and sufficient light; and if loss or damage shall occur, the owner or owners of the vessel, steamer, or propeller neglecting to comply with these regulations, shall be liable to the injured party for all loss or damage resulting from such neglect; and the owner or owners of any vessel failing to comply with said regulations shall forfeit a penalty of one hundred dollars, which may be recovered in any action of debt, to be brought by the district attorney of the United States, in the name of the United States, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Approved, March 3, 1849.