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History of SOLAS (The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea )


The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914,
in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, and the fourth in 1960. 
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SOLAS 1914  

Text of the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.  Signed at London, January 20, 1914 <with translation>.  Source:  Open Library

Safety of life at sea: analysis and explanatory notes of the London Convention on Safety of Life at Sea in relation to the American Merchant Marine prepared by Andrew Furuseth. Washington : [G.P.O.], 1914.
SOURCE:  Harvard University Collection Development Department, Widener Library, HCL. 

SOLAS 1929
   UK Treaty Series No. 32 (1932)  Full Text

SOLAS 1948    UK Treaty Series No. 4   (1954)  Full Text

SOLAS 1960    IMCO/SAFCON 1960  List of documents 

SOLAS 1974    Documents issued at the 1974 Conference