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Declaration concerning the Laws of Naval War. London, 26 February 1909.
Chapter VI : Enemy character - Art. 57.
Art. 57. Subject to the provisions respecting transfer to another flag, the neutral or enemy character of a vessel is determined by the flag which she is entitled to fly.
The case where a neutral vessel is engaged in a trade which is closed in time of peace, remains outside the scope of, and is in no wise affected by, this rule.