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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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INVALID SAILORS.

P. vi., Ch. xiii.

must also give ’an account of it, and if, after recovery of the patient,
there remains any balance, he must send it to the State Consul, in
order that it may be returned to the owner of the ship on board of
which the invalid served. State Consuls report to the Central Board
of Commercial Shipping and Ports.1

CHAPTER XIV.—Death of Sailors.

In case of the death of a sailor on board of a Russian ship in the
course of a voyage, the captain must draw up a statement of the
occurrence, giving all particulars. This statement must be signed by
all2 the members of the crew and produced to the Russian Consular
Officer at the nearest port of call. Should the death of a seaman on
board of a Russian ship take place while the ship is in port, a certificate
of death must be obtained from the local authorities. The statement
referred to above, or the certificate of death, must be attested by the
local (State or Elective) Consular Officer. In the case of Elective
Consular Officers, these documents must be sent to the State Consul
to whom they are subordinate, together with the deceased’s passport,
his wages account, signed by the captain, the balance of wages due
to him (if any), a list of his effects, signed by the Consular Officer, and
an account of the burial expenses.3

After the Consular Officer has drawn up a list of the deceased’s
effects, he must seal them with the Consular seal and hand them over
to the captain in exchange for a receipt, in which the captain must
state that he undertakes to deliver them to the Section of Commercial
Shipping.4 The Consular Officer must give the captain a certificate
stating that the parcel or bag sealed with the Consular seal contains
the effects that belonged to the deceased. If it is impossible to send
these, without delay, to Russia on board of a Russian ship and free of
charge, and if such effects do not represent any great value, consisting
only of clothes, underwear, &c., Consular Officers must arrange to
have them sold by public auction. The proceeds and any watch or
articles of gold or silver, or any other articles of value left by the
deceased, must be sent to the Section of Commercial Shipping, together
with all the documents relating to the case.5 State Consuls report
the matter to the Section of Commercial Shipping, with enclosure of
passport of deceased, certificate of death, wages account, and list of his
effects. The Board refunds their outlay, unless the effects left by the
deceased and the balance of wages due to him suffice for the purpose.6
If a sailor dies of an infectious disease, his effects must be destroyed.

1 Cons. Reg., Art. 71.

2 Code of laws relating to the Civil Estates, Art. 929, Ed. 1899.

3 Cons. Reg., Art. 79.

л Circular of the II. Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
17th March 1904, No. 3020.

5 Cons. Reg., Art. 71. Circular of the II. Department of the Russian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of nth July 1907, No. 9294.

6 Cons. Reg., Art. 73.

§ 286

§ 296.
Death of
sailors.

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