THE PLACE FOR A VESSEL'S NAME
Much has been said lately about the law requiring a vessel's name to be painted on her quarter as well as stern. From the following it would appear that there is no such law:
Washington, D.C., May 13, 1882
Jesse Spaulding, Collector of the Port of Chicago
Sir -- In a communication dated the 9th inst., addressed to this department, you inquire whether there is any law or treasury regulation requiring a sailing vessel to have her name painted elsewhere than on her stern. There is good reason to conclude, after careful investigation, that sections 4153, 4177, 4178, 4334, and 4455, and the Act of June 23, 1874 (Vol. 18, p. 252, statutes at large), contain all the provisions of law relating to the inscriptions of names or carving of marks or numbers on vessels. None of them require the name of a sailing vessel be painted elsewhere than on the stern; and the treasury regulation go no further than the statutes.
HENRY F. FRENCH