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further handicapping the operators with additional charges of unknown level. Pilotage charges, like tolls, should be on a predictable basis.

I believe that the bill imposes fair and reasonable obligations upon the vessel operators in a way which will contribute to their safe operation and thus eventually to their economy of operation. This is a sound step in the develop ment of trade on the seaway, which will inure to the benefit of the Lincoln Electric Co. The provisions are compatible with the principles expressed at other times by the Council of Lake Erie Ports and the Great Lakes Ports Traffic Committee-which organizations have not had time to review and vote on this specific measure. I urge prompt adoption of the bill as written. Respectfully submitted.

ARTHUR W. TODD.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

Conflict in schedule prevents personal appearance at public hearing on S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960. In lieu thereof we hereby register our support of the bill as drawn which fulfills the position taken by us before you on S. 2096 on June 6, 1958. We respectfully ask that the record show our support thereof through this means.

J. S. CHARTRAND,
Vice President, Transportation, Chicago Board of Trade.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

We are heartily in favor of S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960. We express ourselves as importers and boosters of Chicago as a port. We wish to enlist your support in urging that the act be passed as drafted.

NORMAN R. SACKHEIM, President, Heads & Threads, Inc.

LORAIN, OHIO, February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.O.:

We urge passage S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act, in behalf of safe and economical navigation of Great Lakes and Midwest economic growth.

F. S. BATTIN, Export Manager, Thew Shovel Co.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

This conferences membership earnestly request your support S. 3019, entitled “Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960," as being in best interest of all concerned with Midwest economic growth through world trade and providing safe and economical Great Lakes navigation.

WM. H. SMITH, Secretary American Great Lakes Mediterranean East Bound Freight

Conference.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.O.:

We refer to S. 3019, entitled “Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960,” now pending, and urge its passage in the interest of safe and economical navigation of

the Great Lakes and the assistance its enactment will provide toward the developments of our ports through world trade.

INTERNATIONAL STEAMSHIP TERMINALS, INC.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator WARREN G. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

We wish to express our gratitude for your efforts to work out a good pilotage act for the St. Lawrence seaway and the Great Lakes. We understand that S. 3019, entitled “Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960," is a reasonable bill.' We therefore request your continued support in our behalf.

NORTH PIER TERMINAL Co.,
W. STANLEY HUGGETT.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, February 19, 1960. Senator WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

Cleveland Lodge No. 4, International Ship Masters Association, is a voluntary association whose members are principally active merchant marine licensed officers sailing on the Great Lakes together with personnel closely allied to the Great Lakes maritime industry. Cleveland Lodge No. 4 has over 300 members.

After due consideration of the proposed bill, S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, Cleveland Lodge No. 4 strongly urges that Great Lakes your consideration and support of S. 3019 will be appreciated by all the members of Cleveland Lodge No. 4.

ROMAN T. KEENEN, Secretary.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The International Trade Club of Chicago, founded 40 years ago as the Export Managers Club of Chicago. And numbering a membership of 700 representing all phases of world trade activity throughout the Middle West, urgently recommends early passage of bill S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960. We consider this legislation vital to safe and economical navigation on the Great Lakes and essential to expansion of U.S. business moving through this new trade gate way to the world.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLUB OF CHICAGO.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, February 20, 1960. SENATOR W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

Desire passage of S. 3019, Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, safe economical navigation on Great Lakes.

LEDERER TERMINAL WAREHOUSE Co.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 22, 1960. SENATOR WARREN MAGNUSON, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Chicago Regional Port District, being the largest handlers of water commerce in the Chicago area, wholeheartedly supports the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, Senate bill 3019, and is definitely opposed to pilotage on the Great Lakes.

FLOYD G. DANA, Chairman, Chicago Regional Port District.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, February 20, 1960. SENATOR WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Chairman, Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Department of Port Control in the city of Cleveland is of the opinion that bill S. 3019, providing for certain pilotage requirements in the navigation of U.S. waters of the Great Lakes, is sound and fair. Favorable consideration of the bill will, in our opinion, aid navigation in the Great Lakes area.

W. J. ROGERS, Director of Port Control, City of Cleveland, Ohio.

CHICAGO, ILL., February 19, 1960. Senator W. MAGNUSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

We respectfully request your acceptance our views wholeheartedly supporting S. 3019, covering Great Lakes pilotage, as bill provides for safe navigation, promote the continuing benefits of St. Lawrence Seaway through the economic growth of midwest through Great Lakes world trade.

CHICAGO MARINE ASSOCIATION.

DULUTH, MINN., February 23, 1960. Senator WARREN G. MAGNUSON, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

On behalf of the long-shore membership in the Lake Superior area, we request your support on Senate bill 3019, which deals with pilotage on the Great Lakes. The passage of this bill will solve many problems dealing with safety of life and property. Thank you.

A. L. SLAUGHTER,
Vice President, International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO.

BUFFALO, N.Y., February 24, 1960. Hon. WARREN MAGNUSON, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

We strongly urge passage of Senate bill S. 3019. We feel it provides for sensible pilotage regulations and recognizes the principle of open lake waters.

A. P. GERSTNER, Executive Secretary, Buffalo World Trades Association.

MILWAUKEE, Wis., February 22, 1960. Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

Regarding Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, S. 3019, our organization upon reviewing this bill in present form feel it is equitable to all.

Vessels operating in foreign commerce and therefore lend our support and endorsement for passage and approval of this bill.

G. L. HUCKBODY, Chairman, Great Lakes Committee, Milwaukee Overseas Shipping Agents Association.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 23, 1960. Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Chairman, Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.:

The Licensed Tugmen & Pilots Protective Association and its 16 locals operating in the major ports and on the Great Lakes strongly protest the passage of any pilot bill which would authorize an agreement to license foreign pilots for Great Lakes waters. A pilot bill is necessary, but not one that will deprive Americans of their livelihood.

No notice of this hearing was received. Kindly advise if further hearings will be held.

PATRICK J. CULLNAN, Jr., President, Licensed Tugmen & Pilots Protective Association,

DETROIT, Mich., February 23, 1960. Senator PATRICK MCNAMARA, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

The Licensed Tugmen & Pilots Protective Association are opposed and protest the hearings on Senate bill 3019 of Senator Magnuson without notifying the Pilots locals on the Great Lakes, and we oppose any bill licensing foreign pilots to operate American ships on the Great Lakes.

ROBERT H. HANNIGAN, Secretary, Local 34, Licensed Tugmen & Pilots Protective Association. Senator LAUSCHE. The committee stands adjourned. (Whereupon, at 4:45 p.m., the subcommittee adjourned.)

(The following communications were received subsequently for inclusion in the record :)

LICENSED TUGMEN'S & PILOTS' PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA,

Chicago, Ill., March 9, 1960. Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR MAGNUSON: The Licensed Tugmen & Pilot's Protective Association of America, affiliated with the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, strongly opposes passage of H.R. 10593 and S. 3019. These bills are contrary to the best interests of this Nation, and needlessly sacrifice the rights and interests of American seamen.

We respectfully urge that these bills be defeated. We would support a bill, however, if these minimum safeguards are incorporated :

1. Preserving the rights of tates and municipalities to enact local legislation or ordinances to regulate pilotage in local waters.

2. Prohibiting pilotage on the Great Lakes by any persons other than American or Canadian pilots.

3. Safeguarding and guaranteeing the right of pilots to form or select unions of their own choosing, and to bargain collectively with employers or employer associations concerning rates of pay and all conditions of employment. In this connection the Government and any Government agencies should be forbidden from interfering with the establishment of rates of pay and conditions of employment of pilots.

4. Excluding Canadian pilots, except on Canadian vessels, from pilotage on Lake Michigan, which is an entirely American body of water, unless fully reciprocal rights are extended to American pilots on Canadian waters from St. Regis, N.Y., to Montreal, Quebec, and from Montreal to Seven Islands, Quebec. At the present time Canadian law forbids pilotage by American pilots in these waters. In addition, Canadian immigration authorities make it difficult or impossible for Americans to enter Canada to serve as pilots even on Canadian waters where Americans have nominal rights to act as pilots.

5. All areas in which pilotage will be compulsory should be specified within the bill and not left for determination by any other agency than the Congress.

6. Pilots shall be deemed qualified if they hold a master's license from the U.S. Coast Guard of sufficient tonnage to cover the particular vessel.

This union respectfully urges you to insist upon the foregoing minimum safe guards in any Great Lakes pilotage laws. Very truly yours,

PATRICK J. CULLNAN, Jr., President.

PORT HURON, MICH., February 26, 1960. Senator PATRICK B. MONAMARA, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR MCNAMARA : Port Huron Lodge No. 2 I.S.M.A. (International Shipmaster Association) would like to go on record as protesting vigorously the bill introduced by Senator Magnuson, of Washington, regarding pilots on the Great Lakes.

This bill calls for pilots on certain waters to be designated by the President. We, as men who have sailed these Great Lakes and have made it our careers, feel that because of the crowded conditions that exist, experienced pilots are a prime requisite. These waters are confining because of the many crossing courses that represent an ever-present danger. It takes many years of practical experience before a man is deemed capable of so great a responsibility to navigate and handle a vessel in these waters. By these waters, we mean the rivers, harbors, and lakes that constitute the Great Lakes from westerly points of Duluth, Minn.; Gary, Ind.; North Tonawanda, N.Y., and easterly to and including the St. Lawrence Seaway. Our experiences of the past year with foreign ships makes it an absolute necessity that these foreign ships have a qualified American or Canadian pilot on board at all times in these waters.

We feel that these pilots should be men who make their livelihood on the Great Lakes. Because of the ever-changing condition on these waters, it is imperative that these pilots be aware of the constant changes. Our record on the Great Lakes, in regard to safety, is unparalleled in the world and it was because of the capabilities of our officers that so few disasters occurred with foreign ships last year in these Great Lakes waters.

Another section of the proposed bill we protest, is the setting of rates, changes, and other terms of service performed by registered pilots. This we feel would lead to Government control of all wages on the Great Lakes. Our services are of such a specialized nature that a setting of these rates would not be fair to the men sailing these lakes.

There was a bill introduced by Representative Bonner, House of Representatives, bill No. 57, that the International Shipmasters' Association has given its full approval. We still are in concurrence with this bill and anything you can do to expedite having it enacted into law will be gratefully appreciated by Port Huron Lodge No. 2 I.S.M.A.

We trust you will give this matter your full consideration.
Thank you.
Very truly yours,

I. RAY MILLAR,
Secretary, International Shipmaster Association, Lodge No.2.

LAKE SUPERIOR PILOTS ASSOCIATION, INC.,

Duluth, Minn., February 29, 1960. Re S. 3019. Senator WARREN MAGNUSON, Washington, D.O.

DEAR SENATOR MAGNUSON: The subject of Great Lakes pilotage has properly received a great deal of attention in Washington and on the Great Lakes. Unfortunately the time was extremely limited when the hearing was held on S. 3019. Accordingly, and as briefly as I am able, I would like to explain the nature of this organization and the position which we take on this legislation.

Lake Superior Pilots Association, Inc., is a Minnesota organization which handled piloting at all points between DeTour, Mich., and Duluth-Superior during the 1959 navigation seasons. Using a base at DeTour we provided pilots for the St. Marys River and the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. Vessels then proceeded on their own to harbors where we provided other pilots to meet

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