The British Ambassador (Lindsay) to the Acting Secretary of State
Sir: With further reference to my note No. 455 of December 31st last regarding the Revised Collision Regulations proposed by the International Conference on the Safety of Life at Sea in 1929, I have the honour, under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to emphasize the international importance of an early notification of the views of the United States Government on the proposal that the revised regulations should be brought into force on the 1st January, 1933.
In this connection I am to state that although the text of the Revised Collision Regulations is annexed to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, acceptance of the Revised Regulations in no way implies acceptance of the Convention itself [Page 909] and that the date of operation of the Revised Regulations need not be the same as that on which the Convention is brought into force by the country concerned.
I am to enquire whether an expression of the views of the United States Government can be conveyed to His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom before May 30th next.
I have [etc.]