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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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WAGES OF SAILORS, FINES, &c. P. vi., Сн. ѵн.

due for the whole period of service up to the day on which he
receives his discharge, any uncompleted month being reckoned as a
month.1

If the number of a ship’s crew be reduced through death, desertion,
or any other cause, and the remaining members of the crew fulfil all
the duties necessary for the safe navigation of the ship, they are
entitled to share the pay of the absent members of the crew for the
whole period during which they do such extra work.2

If during a prolonged voyage a seaman acquires sufficient
experience and ability to be able to make himself useful in an employment
that is better paid than the one for which he was originally engaged,
his wages are to be increased in proportion.3

The Finnish Regulations for the captains and crew of merchant
ships of the year 1878 (Ch. III., Art. 3) provide that a Finnish
seaman refusing to do his duty while on a voyage, and thereby preventing
the captain from prosecuting the voyage to the end and compelling
him to go out of his way or return to the detriment of the interests
of the shipowner and the owner of the cargo, shall forfeit all right
to any wages that may be due to him and be liable in addition to
imprisonment and even corporal punishment according to the gravity
of the case.

CHAPTER VIII.—Disobedience, Mutiny, or Violence
on the Part of Sailors.

If, while at sea, any member of the crew is guilty of flagrant
disobedience to the captain in connection with his duties, he is punished
with imprisonment for a period of from 7 days to 3 months, if the
case is a serious one. On arrival at the port of destination, if in
Russia, the captain must lodge a complaint against the offender in
the usual way, or if abroad, the complaint must be brought before
the notice of the Russian Consul.4

Any Russian seaman committing murder or assault, or inflicting
wounds, or committing theft or any other criminal offence, must
be put under guard until he can be handed over to the proper
authorities. If such cases occur while the ship is in foreign waters,
the local authorities are competent to deal with them, but if they
occur on the high seas the criminal is handed over by the captain
at the next port of call, either to the Russian authorities or to the
Russian Consul if at a foreign port. The Consul must arrange to
have the man sent for trial to Russia on board of a Russian ship.
Before doing so he must carefully investigate the matter and take
the depositions, a legalised copy of which must be sent to the
II. Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.5

1 Maritime Code of Finland, Art. 59. 2 Ibid., Art. 77. 3 Ibid., Art. 68.

4 Russian Penal Code, Art. 1261, continuation 1912.

5 Cons. Reg., Art. 101.

§ 236.
Disobedience,
mutiny, or
violence of
Russian
sailors.

§ 236.

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