Union Hospital Ships

Hospital ships were covered under the Hague Convention X of 1907.[2] Article four of the Hague Convention X outlined the restrictions are for a hospital ship:

Ship must be clearly marked and lighted as a hospital ship
The ship should give medical assistance to wounded personnel of all nationalities
The ship must not be used for any military purpose
Ships must not interfere or hamper enemy combatant vessels
Belligerents as designated by the Hague Convention can search any hospital ship to investigate violations of the above restrictions
If any of the above restrictions were violated the ship was determined to be an enemy combatant and could be lawfully sunk. However, to deliberately fire on or to sink a Hospital ship complying with regulations would be a war crime.

USS Ben Morgan
USS Home
USS Red Rover

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