OF PILOTAGE, NAVIGATION AND VESSELS.
AN ACT to amend Chapter 4491 Volume 16, Laws of Delaware, entitled "An Act regulating pilots and pilotage of and in the Bay and River Delaware," as amended by Chapter 619, Volume 18, Laws of Delaware, entitled "An Act to amend an Act entitled 'An Act regulating pilots and pilotage of and in the Bay and River Delaware.'"
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:
Section 1. That Section 2 of Chapter 449, Volume 16, Laws of Delaware, entitled "An Act regulating pilots and pilotage of and in the Bay and River Delaware," be, and the same is hereby amended by striking out in lines twelve and thirteen of said Section the following words: "Those of second class to persons capable of piloting ships or vessels drawing twelve feet of water or under," and insert in lieu Words thereof the following words: "Those of second class to persons capable of piloting ships or vessels drawing twenty-three feet of water or under. Those of third class to persons capable of piloting ships or vessels drawing fifteen feet of water or under."
Section 2. That Section 3 of Chapter 619, Volume 18, Laws of Delaware, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out all of said Section 3 and inserting in lieu thereof the following new Section which shall be known as Section 3:
"Section 3. That no license of the first, second or third class shall be granted to any person or persons except such persons as have heretofore held or do now hold such license under the laws of this State, or shall have served a regular apprenticeship of at least four years to a licensed pilot of this State, on board of a Delaware Bay or River pilot boat, nor shall any license be granted until the person applying shall have arrived at the age of twenty-one years and given bond with sufficient surety to the Governor of this State, in a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, conditioned for the true and faithful performance of the duties and services required by this Act, and that he will not aid or assist in violating the Revenue Laws of the United States, and that he will deliver up the license to him granted when required by the Board in pursuance to the provisions of this Act, nor shall any first or second class license be granted to any person, until the number of first and second class pilots licensed under the laws of this State shall have been reduced to forty-two, and thereafter such number of forty-two shall not be exceeded. The whole number of third class licensed pilots shall not exceed ten at any one time. Whenever and as often as a vacancy shall occur by reason of the number of first and second class pilots being reduced to less than forty-two, a license shall be granted to the senior third class pilot, who is duly qualified under the laws of this State. No person shall be entitled to a license of the first class until he has served for one year as a pilot in the second class, and no person shall be entitled to a license as pilot of the second class who has not served one year as a pilot of the third class; provided, however, that this provision shall not affect any license now in force. No person shall be entitled to a license as pilot in any class without first having under the immediate inspection of his master or a pilot of the first or second class, conducted a vessel forty-eight trips each year for a period of two years immediately preceding, up or down the Delaware River and Bay. The number of apprentices employed at any one time shall be under the control and within the discretion of the Board of Pilot Commissioners of the State of Delaware.
Approved March 1, A. D. 1911.