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EXAMINATION OF VESSELS. Since the outbreak of war the entrances to all the principal ports of the Dominion have been carefully guarded, and vessels entering and departing are, according to instructions, submitted to an examination, the object of which presumably is to prevent tho enemy's veostds from convoying contraband of war. The entrance to Heads haa been .so guarded, and tho way in which the duties have been carried out has in many cases caused unnecessary annoyance, and in others considerable amusement. A lack of discretion seems to have marked those entrusted, with tho duties. During a spell of heavy weather a small sailing vessel was hailed by the examining authorities, who, regardless of the difficulties tho vessel liad to encounter in an exposed position, evinced no anxiety to assist those on board t.j havo the examination carried out. The result was the ship had to titeer for tho open sea, and it was some two days before eho was able to beat round the Heads again. In another instance a sailing vessel, for some slight, breach of the examination regulations, had a shot thrown across her bows, and the 801b projectile was not more than 20ft from tho stern of the boat. This was Jonked upon as a good joke by some, of those respoiiEibkfor the firing of ' the shot, but not so by those on hoard, who doubtless realised tho risk attached to amateur gunners firing out to sea, when their object was apparently; to see how close they could fire tho shot without actually hitting the object. Instances arc known of what might bo termed "playing at examination,'' for after all vessels ate not boarded by tho examining body! and consequently any steps taken to ensure a vessel's bona rides ar«* of a pt.'rfunetorv nature, and are as farcical as it ia* possible ■ for them to be-. It is understood that the examination regulations arc shortly to \u: relaxed, and in tho opinion of those, "whi go down to tho sea in ships'' it. is not before it is time.

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WAR RESTRICTIONS., Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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WAR RESTRICTIONS. Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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