A manual for the use of candidates requiring a certificate of competency as mates and ordinary masters

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1859 - Astronomy
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Page 56 - Aries (the Ram), Taurus (the Bull) Gemini (the Twins), Cancer (the Crab), Leo (the Lion), Virgo (the Virgin), Libra (the Scales), Scorpio (the Scorpion), Sagittarius (the Archer), Capricornus (the Goat), Aquarius (the Water-bearer), and Pisces (the Fishes).
Page 5 - Testimonials of character, and of sobriety, experience, ability, and good conduct on board ship will be required of all applicants, and without producing them no person will be examined. As such testimonials may have to be forwarded to the office of the Registrar-General of...
Page 6 - Master's fee on his coming a second time ; and the same sum for every subsequent attempt. 12. If the applicant passes, he will receive a document from the examiner, which will entitle him to receive his certificate of competency from the shipping master at the port to which he has directed it to be forwarded. If his testimonials have been sent...
Page 2 - Boards, and arrangements have been made for holding the examinations at the several ports upon the days specified against them ; and these days are so arranged for general convenience, that a candidate wishing to proceed to sea, and missing the day at his own port, may proceed to another port where an examination is coming forward. The days for commencing the examinations at the various ports are set forth in pages 8 to 11 of this work.
Page 3 - MATE must be eighteen years of age, and have been four years at sea. In Navigation. — In addition to the qualification required for a Second Mate, an only Mate must be able to work a day's work complete, including the bearing and distance of the port he is bound to, by Mercator's method.
Page 5 - The fee for examination must be paid to the Shipping Master. If a candidate fail in his examination, half the fee he has paid will be returned to him by the Shipping Master, on his producing a document which will be given him by the Examiner. The fees are as follow : — For Foreign-going Ships.
Page 2 - A SECOND MATE must be seventeen years of age, and must have been four years at sea. IN NAVIGATION. — He must write a legible hand, and understand the first five rules of arithmetic, and the use of logarithms.
Page 2 - ... to correct the sun's declination for longitude, and find his latitude by meridian altitude of the sun; and work such other easy problems of a like nature as may be put to him. He must understand the use of the quadrant, and be able to observe with it, and read off the arc.
Page 4 - He must possess a sufficient knowledge of what he is required to do by law, as to entry and discharge, and the management of his crew, and as to penalties and entries to be made in the official log; and a knowledge of the measures for preventing and checking the outbreak of scurvy on board ship.
Page 6 - ... of the Board of Trade to raise the standard from time to time, whenever, as will no doubt be the case, the general attainments of officers in the merchant service shall render it possible to do so without inconvenience ; and officers are strongly urged to employ their leisure hours, when in port, in the acquirement of the knowledge necessary to enable them to pass their examinations ; and Masters will do well to permit apprentices and junior officers to attend schools of instruction, and to afford...

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