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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. 

 

Documents of the 1913-1914 Conference on Safety of Life at Sea 

Committee on Life Saving Appliances   Report and Minutes of Proceedings 

Committee on Safety of Navigation       Report and Minutes of Proceedings 

Committee on Safety of Construction    Report and Minutes of Proceedings

Committee on Wireless Telegraphy      Report and Minutes of Proceedings

Committee on Certificates                     Report and Minutes of Proceedings

SOLAS 1929  FULL TEXT   (Source:  UK Treaty Series)

SOLAS 1948  FULL TEXT   (Source:  UK Treaty Series) 

SOLAS 1960  FULL TEXT   (Source: UK Treaty Series)

SOLAS 1974  Documents of the 1974 Conference