William Howard Taft
THE ISTHMIAN CANAL
D. C., November 14, 1912.
Circular No. 50.
The following proclamation of the President is published for the
information of all concerned:
[PANAMA CANAL TOLL RATES]
By the President of the United States of America.
I, William Howard Taft, President
of the United States of America, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the
Act of Congress, approved August twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and twelve, to provide
for the opening, maintenance, protection and operation of the Panama Canal and the
sanitation and government of the Canal Zone, do hereby prescribe and proclaim the
following rates of toll to be paid by vessels using the Panama Canal:
1. On merchant vessels carrying
passengers or cargo one dollar and twenty cents ($1.20) per net vessel ton--each one
hundred (100) cubic feet--of actual earning capacity.
2. On vessels in ballast without
passengers or cargo forty (40) per cent less than the rate of tolls for vessels with
passengers or cargo.
3. Upon naval vessels, other than
transports, colliers, hospital ships and supply ships, fifty (50) cents per displacement
4. Upon Army and Navy transports,
colliers, hospital ships and supply ships one dollar and twenty cents ($1.20) per net ton,
the vessels to be measured by the same rules as are employed in determining the net tonage
of merchant vessels.
The Secretary of War will prepare and
prescribe such rules for the measurement of vessels and such regulations as may be
necessary and proper to carry this proclamation into full force and effect.
In witness whereof, I have
hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this
thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve
and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-seventh.
Wm. H. Taft
By the President:
P. C. Knox
Secretary of State
F. C. Boggs,
Major, Corps of Engineers, United States Army
Chief of Office
WASHINGTON: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1912
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