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Manual of the Laws of Naval War. Oxford, 9 August 1913.
Section II : On the armed force of belligerent states - Art. 3.
Art. 3. Conversion of public and private vessels into war-ships. A vessel converted into a war-ship cannot have the rights and duties accruing to such vessels, unless it is placed under the direct authority, immediate control, and responsibility of the Power whose flag it flies.