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Preamble
    (List of Contracting Parties)

    Whereas it is desirable, in view of the incorporation in time of war of merchant ships in the fighting fleet, to define the conditions subject to which this operation may be effected;
    Whereas, however, the Contracting Powers have been unable to come to an agreement on the question whether the conversion of a merchant ship into a war-ship may take place upon the high seas, it is understood that the question of the place where such conversion is effected remains outside the scope of this agreement and is in no way affected by the following rules;
    Being desirous of concluding a Convention to this effect, have appointed the following as their Plenipotentiaries:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, after having deposited their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following provisions:


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