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Tr.ann^e the publ;> k Debt of Ireland, aud pay Dividends without Expence 10 Government.
Sixty-two thousand five hundred Pounds to all Intents and Purposes
XIV. ' And whereas the said Governor and Company of the Bank '.of Ireland are willing and have agreed to continue the Management
* in Ireland of the publick Debt of Inland, and of all Loans which 'shall at any Time be made for the Service of Ireland-, free.of all
* Charge and Expence whatever for such Management, or for their 'Trouble, in the Payment of the Interelt of the National Debt of 'Ireland, from Time to Time during the Continuance of the said 'Corporation, under the Provisions of the said recited Acts and
* this Act;' be it therefore enacted, That from and after the passing of this Act, the said Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland (hall, from Time to Time, and at all Times during the Continuance of their Charter, and until the said Corporation shall be dissolved pursuant to the Provisions of this Act, pay and continue to pay all Interest, Annuities, and Dividends payable at the said Bank, in respect of the National Debt of Ireland, or in respect of any Fund or Stock created 01 to be created in consequence of any publick Loan for the Service of Ireland, without making any Charge to His Majesty, His Heirs or Successors, or to the Lord High Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury of Ireland, for their Trouble or Expence in so doing j any Law, Usage, or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding.
An Act for the better Regulation of Pilots, and of the Pilotage of Ships and Vessels navigating the Briti/h Seas.
[25th June 1808.]
WHEREAS Ships and Vessels have frequently been wrecked, and many Lives and much Property have been lost, from the Ignorance and Misconduct of Persons taking Charge of such Ships or Vessels as Pilots: And whereas the Corporation of Trinity House of Deplsord Strond have, as well by Usage for more than Three Centuries as by Grants from the Crown, and under the Authority of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Second, been empowered to appoint Pilots, Loadimen, or Guides, to conduct Ships or Vessels into and out of and upon the River of Thames through the North Channel to or by Orfordncls and round the Long Sand Head through the Queen's Channel or other Channels into the Downs, and from and by Orfordnefs, and up the North Channel, and up the Rivers Thames aud Midway, and the several Creeks and Channels belonging or running into the fame, and to make such Orders and Constitutions as should be needful for the wholesome Government of Seafaring Men and Maintenance and Increase of Navigation, and of all Seafaring Men within the said River of Thames; in pursuance of which Powers the said Corporation have from Time to Time appointed a sufficient Number of Pilots for the Purposes before mentioned: And whereas there hath been Time out of Mind, and now is, a Society or Fellowship of Pilots of the Trinity House of Dover, Deal, and the IJlc of Thanet, who have had the Pilotage and Load* manage of all Ships from the said Places up the Rivers Thames and
* tfiedwa] } Med-way ; which said Society or Fellowship have been confirmed by various Acts of Parliament lor regulating the Pilots of the Society or Fellowship of Pilots of Dover, Deal, ar,d the Isle of Thanrt, commonly called Cinque Port Pilots, notwithstanding which many Persons not having Licence or Authority, or competent Knowledge or Experience, have taken upon themselves to act as Pilots for conducting Ships or Vessels to and from and upon the said Rivers, to the great Hazard of such Ships or Vessels and their Cargoes, and the Lives of their Crews: And whereas the Provisions of the said Acts have been found inadequate to the Regulation of Pilotage and the Prevention of such Mischiefs, and it is therefore necessary that further a;;d more effectual Regulations should be made for that Purpose, and that all the Provisions and Regulations relating to the several Descriptions of Pilots aforesaid should be repealed: And whereas Acts of Parliament have been passed for establishing separate and peculiar Jurisdictions in relation to Pilotage in certain Ports and on different Parts of the Coast of England, which by reason os the same being limited have been found insufficient to answer the good Purposes intended thereby, and it is therefore necessary that more effectual Regulations should be made in relation to Pilotage on the Coasts of England: And whereas it is necessary for duly enforcing the Laws respecting Quarantine, on which the Health of His Majesty's Subjects essentially depends, that the Names and Places of Residence of all Pilots in England should be known by those whose Duty it is to convey Information respecting those Laws from Time to Time to them: May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted and be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That all Provision* ;■ and every the Clauses, Provisions, Powers, Penalties, Forfeitures, A,oPii0B
Matters, and Things relating as well to Pilots appointed by the said reeled. '° Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond as to Pilots of the [Set Statutes Fellowship of Dover, Deal, and the Isle ofThanet, and to the Pilot- 3 0.1. e. 13. age by and Regulation of all such Pilots as aforesaid, and also as to 7 I. e.Sl. the Conduct of all Persons in Matters of Pilotage, within the Juris- f£»*v*im diction of the said Corporation os the Trinity House of Deptford 47 O.i. JL». Strond and the Liberty of the Cinque Ports, which are contained in c. Ixx.J any Act or Acts of Parliament heretofore made, shall be and the same are hereby repealed, except only so far as such Acts relate to any Rates of Pilotage due or to become due before the Commencement of the respective new Rates to be established under the Provisions of this Act, or to any Penalty or Forfeiture incurred or to be incurred, or any other Act, Matter, or Thing done or to be done before the Establishment of the new Rules and Regulations which are to be made under the Provisions of this Act, or before the Commencement of the Operations of any of the Provisions of this Act in relation to any such Matters as aforesaid.
II. And be it further enacted, That from and after the First Day From Oct. 1, of October One thousand eight hundred and eight, it shall be lawful 1S0*» ,he for the Master, Wardens, and Assistants of the Guild, Fraternity, ^SSaV^fU or Brotherhood of the Most Glorious and Undivided Trinity and of i)"ptsoril (hall St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent, license fit Persons (commoniy called The Corporatitn of Trinity House of Deptford •* Pilot* to * * Y3 Strond,) "nduct^l
Vessels within cmaiu Limits, and none others Dial I act, except at herein accepted.
Bates in Schedule (/>.) may be demanded by Riots.
Slrond,) and they are hereby required to appoint and license under their Common Seal, fit and competent Persons, duly (killed, as Pilots, for the Purpose of conducting all Ships and Vessels sailing, navigating, and palling up and down or upon the Rivers of Thames and Mediuay, and all and every the several Channels, Creeks, and Docks thereof or therein, or leading or adjoining thereto, as well between Orfordneft and London Bridge, as from London Bridge to the Downs, and from the Downs westward as far as the IJle of Wight, and in the English Channel from the IJle of Wight up to London Bridge, which Vessels shall be conducted and piloted by such Pilots so appointed and licensed, and by no other Pilots or Persons whomsoever, except Pilots appointed by the Society or Fellowship of the Trinity House of Dover, Deal, and the IJle of Tbanet, (commonly called Cinque Port Pilots,) so far as such Pilots are hereby authorised to pilot Ships and Vessels from the Westward up to London Bridge, and from London Bridge downwards to the Westward; that h to fay, from any Port or Place between the IJle of Wight and the laid Bridge, according to the Provisions in that Behalf herein-aftrr contained, and also save and except, as well all Colliers as also all Ships and Vessels trading to Norway and to the Cattegat and Baltic, and likewise round the North Cape and into the White Sea, and save and except all constant Trades inwards from the Ports between Boulogne inclusive, and the Baltic, such Ships and Vessels having British Registers, and coming up or going down the North Channel by Orfordness, but not otherwise; and likewise save and except all Coasting Vessels, and all Irish Traders using the Navigation of the River of Thames as Coasters: Provided always, that it lhall be lawful, after the pasting of this Act, for any Pilot or Pilots heretofore appointed by the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond, or by the Society or Fellowship of the Trinity House of Dover, Deal, and the IJle of Tbanet, to pilot or conduct any Ship or Vessel within such Limits as such Pilot or Pilots might lawfully have conducted and piloted the fame before the passing of this Act, under and by virtue of the Licences or Authorities granted to such Pilots respectively as aforesaid, which respective Licences (hall continue in force notwithstanding this Act., so that such Pilots respectively do in all Things conform themselves to the Provisions of this Act, and the Rules aud Regulations to be established under the same.
III. And be it further enacted, That from and after the First Day of October One thousand eight hundred and eight, the respective Rates or Prices herein-after enumerated in the Table marked (A.) in the Schedule to this Act annexed, may be lawfully demanded and received by any Pilot licensed by the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond, for the piloting or conducting of any Ship or Vessel from Place to Place, as expressed in the said Table; and that no greater Rate3 or Prices, or other Reward or Emolument, (hall, under any Pretence whatsoever, be demanded, solicited, or received, than such Rates or Prices.
IV. And be it further enacted, That each and every Pilot already appointed or to be appointed by the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond, under the Authority of this Act (except only such Pilots as shall be appointed by the said Corporation, upon their receiving Certificates os Examination by any Sub-Commissioners of Pilotage, as hereby directed) shall from ^'uae to Time and at all Times hereafter pay or cause to be paid to the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptsord Strand, or to such Person or Persons as they (hall appoint to receive the fame on their Behalf, the Sum of Three Guineas, in the Month of January yearly, which Payment shall be accepted by the said Corporation in lieu and Satisfaction of and for all the ancient aud accustomed Duties payable by such Pilots to the said Corporation, under the Provisions of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of George the Second, or any other Statute or Charter whatever, and (hall be applied for the Use and Benefit of the Poor of the said Corporation (after first defraying thereout the Expences incurred by the said Corporation) from Time to Time in carrying this Act into Execution; and in cafe such annual Payment shall not be duly made by the said Pilots respectively, it shall be lawful for the said Corporation to suspend the Persons so making Default from acting as Pilots, until due Payment (hall be made of such annual Sums.
V. And be it further enacted, That no Person shall be licensed by the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptsord Strond, as a Pilot for the Rivers oiThamet or Medivay, or the Channels leading thereto or therefrom, under the Provisions of this Act, who shall not have served as Mate for Three Years on board a square-rigged Vessel, or shall not have been in the actual Comn.and of a square-rigged Vessel for One Year, or who shall not have been employed in the Pilot Service of the Corporation of Trinity House of Deptsord Strond for Seven Years, or who shall not have served an Apprenticeship of Five Years to some Pilot Vessel licensed under this Act.
VI. And be it further enacted, That no Person shall be licensed or be allowed to take charge as a Pilot of any Ship or Vessel drawing more than Fourteen Feet Water in the Rivers of Thames or Meduiay, or any of the Channels thereof, until such Person shall have been licensed, and shall have acted as a Pilot for Three Years under lawful Authority, on pain of forfeiting Ten Pounds for every such Offence, as well by the Person acting as such Pilot, as also by the Master or Commander, or other Person having charge of such Ship or Vessel, who shall permit any such Person to take charge as a Pilot of the fame, contrary to the Provision aforesaid.
VII. And be it further enacted, That no Person shall, from and after the First Day of OSoler One thousand eight hundred and eight, take charge of any Ship or Vessel as a Pilot belonging to the Society or Fellowsliip of Pilots of Dover, Deal, and the Isle of Thanet, commonly called Cinque Port Pilots, before he shall be examined by the Master and Two Wardens, or by Four Wardens of the said Society or Fellowship for the Time being, touching his Abilities, and shall Le approved and admitted into the Society or Fellowship of the Trinity House of Dover, Deal, and the IJle of Thanet, at a Court of Lioadmanage, holden by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, for the Time being, or his Deputy, and the Commissioners for Loadmanage for the Time being; and if any Person shall presume to act as a Pilot belonging to the said Society or Fellowship, without having been so examined, approved, and admitted as aforesaid, every such Person shall for the First Offence forfeit Ten Pounds, for the Second Twenty Pounds, and for every other Offence Forty Pounds,
VIII. And be it further enacted, That the Master and such Wardens of the said Society or Fellowship of Pilots of the Trinity House
No Person shJl
Till a Pilot hu
Oath of Master
and Wardens of
of Dover, Deal, and the Isle osTbanet, as shall be appointed from Time to Time, to examine into the Skill and Ability of any Person on his being first admitted as a Pilot into the said Society or Fellowship, shall take the Oath marked (C.) in the Schedule hereunto annexed, to be administered to him by the Register of the Court of Loadmanage, who is hereby authorized to administer such Oath.
IX. And be it further enacted, That from and aster the First Day of QBober One thousand eight hundred and eight, the respective Rates or Prices herein-after enumerated in the Table marked (B.) in the Schedule to this Act annexed, may be lawfully demanded and received by any Pilot licensed by the Society or Fellowship of Pilots of Dover, Deal, and the IJle of Thanct, for the conducting of any Ship or Vessel from Place to PI ice, as expressed in .the said Tabk ; and that no greater Rates or Prices, or other Reward or Emolument shall, under any Pretence whatever, be received than such Rates or Prices.
,X. And be it further enacted, That a proper and sufficient Number of Pilots of the Cinque Ports, not less than Eighteen at any one Time, aud in Succession from Time to Time, without Intermission or any unnecessary Delay, shall, at all seasonable Times by Day and Night, constantly ply at Sea, or be afloat between the South Foreland and Dungeness, to take ch-rge of Ships and Vessels coming from the Westward, and proper Signals fliall be established, to be made at and from Signal Houses now erected, or which may be erected on commanding Situations near to Dover, to give Notice of Fleets of Vessels coming from the Westward; and upon the making of any Signals, giving Notice of the Approach of any Fleet from the Westward, all Cinque Port Pilots not on Duty at the Time, (hall, according to such Rules and Regulations as to Number, Rotation, or otherwise as (hall be made in that Behalf, forthwith prepare to go afloat, and shall go off in sufficient Time to fall in with such Ships and Vessels, on pain of forfeiting, in cafe of Neglect herein, for the First Offence the Sum of Twenty Pounds, and for the Second the Offender shall be suspended from acting as a Pilot for Twelve Months* and for the Third Offence shall forfeit his Licence to act as such Pilot, and shall be rendered thereby incapable of acting thereafter as a Pilot.
XI. And be it further enacted, That the Master or other Person having the Command of any Ship or Vessel coining from the Westward, and bound to any Place in the Rivers of Thames or Midway, not having a duly qualified Cinque Port Pilot on board, (hall, on the Arrival of such Ship or Vessel off Dungeness, and until she shall have passed the Buoy of the Brake, or a Line to be drawn from Sandown Castle to the said Buov, (unless in the mean Time she shall have received a proper Cinque Port Pilot on board) display and keep flying the usual Signal for a Pilot to come on board; and if any duly qualified Cinque Port Pilot shall be within hail, or approaching and within Half a Mile, with the proper distinguishing Flag or Vane flying in his Vessel or Boat, the Master or other Person having the Command of such Ship or Vessel shall, by heaving to in proper Time or by all practicable Means, consistently with the Safety of the Ship or Vessel, facilitate such Pilot getting on board, and (hall give the Charge of piloting of his Ship or Vessel to such Cinque Port Pilot; and every Person commanding any such Ship or Vessel, who (hall decline to