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Naval Operating Base,
1. The Commander-in-Chief has observed for some time the prevalent practice of officers and men standing up while taking passage in ships' boats, even when the loading of the boats has afforded room for passengers to sit. He had expected that the proper officers would also observe this practice and take appropriate corrective action.
2. It is unseamanlike to stand up in ships' boats, as the center of gravity becomes unduly high and, in a seaway in particular, stability is adversely affected.
3. (a) Standing up in ships' boats is prohibited (except to the Officer-in-Charge of the boat and/or the boat's crew, as may be necessary or appropriate to their duties) when there is seating space available for the passengers.
(b) In general, for liberty parties, landing forces, or other like heavy passenger loadings, the responsible officers will exercise appropriate supervision and control to ensure safe boating.
E. J. KING
JAMES R. TOPPER,
U. S. S. Augusta-5-5-41-650.
National Archives & Records Administration, College Park
Record Group 313, Red 1 CinCLant Confidential & Restricted Files 1941-43
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