258. Crew and documentation.

The ship is unseaworthy if she sails without a crew which is competent1 and sufficient2 for the voyage, regard being had to its length and the circumstances in which it is undertaken3. The master must be in a fit state of health to command the ship when the voyage starts4, and the crew must be conversant with any special precautions enjoined by the builders for her safety5. If there is no mate on board capable of performing the master's duties, should the master be disabled by accident or illness, the ship may be unseaworthy