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on the ground of his having been worn out in the Merchant Service, unless he shall have, previously to the passing of this Act, contributed to the Merchant Seainen's Fund for Eighty-four Months, or shall have, subsequently to the passing of this Act, served on board a ship or vessel liable to the tonnage duty imposed hy this Act, either for Eighty-four Months, or for such less period as together with the period of his contribution to the Merchant Seamen's Fund previous to the passing of this Act shall make up Eighty-four Months : Provided also, That no seaman shall, after the passing of this Act, become entitled to such pension, who shall not have been at sea in the Merchant Service or in the service of Her Majesty within One Year before he shall make application for such pension.
10. Trinity House And be it Enacted, That as soon as may be after the passing of this to make inquiry into
Act, the said Corporation, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the cases of pre
Merchant Seamen's Fund, shall make inquiry into the cases of all 15 sent Pensioners and future Appli
seamen now receiving pensions from the fund, and from time to time cants. into the cases of all seamen who may make application for new
pensions, or for increased rates of pensions, and shall place the seamen in one or other of the above-mentioned Four Classes, according as the
circumstances of each case may seem to require. 11. Power to And be it Enacted, That the said Corporation, as such Trustees as Trinity House to make Regu- aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's Found, shall, as soon as conlations for occasional and veniently may be after the passing of this Act, make regulations for medical Relief, and for
their own guidance for the giving of occasional relief at Twenty Ports
of the United Kingdom, inclusive of the Port of London, which ports 25 poses.
shall be named in such regalations, to all such seamen contributing to
the Lords of the said Committee, or until revoked, altered or varied
men's Fund for a Seamen's
12. And be it Enacted, That the said Corporation, as such Trustees Five thousand 5 as aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's Fund, shall set apart Five Amunds to be
Thousand Pounds by the year; that is to say, One thousand Two apart from the hundred and Fifty Pounds in each quarter of each
Pounds in each quarter of each year, namely, on
with the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury,
Trustees as aforesaid for the Merchant Seainen's Fund, shall invest
other, in trust for the widows and orphans of Merchant Seamen, and
rity shall be duly and lawfully established, the said Corporation shall,
Treasury, transfer to such society all such Parliamentary securities or
tioned, the said sum of Five thousand Pounds: Provided always,
Majesty's Treasury that a larger sum than Five thousand Pounds by
Seamen, without prejudice to the main object for which the said
chant Seamen wounded, maimed, disabled or worn out in the Mer-
ration, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's
as in such order of the said Commissioners may be specified; and
Trinity House And be it Enacted, That during the Five Years which shall next may continue ensue from and after the Thirty-first day of December in this present sions to Wiyear, the said Corporation, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the
Orphans of Merchant Seamen's Fund, shall continue to grant to the widows and Merchant Seaorphans of Merchant Seamen who may have contributed to the said tofore for the 356.
fund during Sixty Months, whether such seamen may at the time of
14. Merchant Seaman not to alienate his Pension.
And be it Enacted, That all acts done by any Merchant Seaman for the purpose of charging, transferring and alienating the whole or any part of his pension for any purpose whatsoever, shall be absolutely null and void.
15. Trinity House to make annual Report to the Lords of the Treasury
And be it Enacted, That on or before the First day of February in
every year, the said Corporation, in trust for the Merchant Sea-
1. The number of seamen relieved or pensioned under the 25
2. The number of new cases under each head and in each 30
3. The number of pensions expired and their amount, distinguishing the pensions of seamen, of widows, and of orphans.
4. The number of new pensions granted to widows and orphans respectively, and the total amount of such new pensions to the same respectively.
5. The total amount of receipts and disbursements within the year, under their several heads.
6. The total amount of sums in hand at the end of the preceding year, in London and at each of the outports, for current
expenses, of the balance in the Bank of England, and of sums
be deemed to be doubtfu). 5
7. The amount of the capital invested in each of the several Parliamentary securities, and of the capital still remaining invested in private securities.
16. And be it Enacted, That all and every sum and sums of money The wages of which shall be due for wages to any seaman, mariner, or other person to be paid to
the Trinity 10 hired or engaged on board any British merchant ship in any port or
ports in Great Britain or Ireland, who shall have died on board during the voyage, shall, within Three Months after the arrival of such merchant-ship in any port or ports of Great Britain and Ireland, be
paid to the principal Officer of Customs of the said port, who shall 15
forthwith transmit the same to the said Corporation of the TrinityHouse of Deptford Strond, to and for the use of the executor or executors, administrator or administrators of the seaman, mariner or other person so dying; and in case no claim shall be made on the Liable to be
said Trustees by the executors or administrators of such seaman, on limited period. 20 account of such wages, within Two Years after the same shall have
been paid over to the said principal Officer of Customs as aforesaid, then it shall be lawful for the said Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond to direct such wages to be paid over (but without
interest for the same) to the widow, or if there be no widow claiming, 25 then to the lawful issue respectively, or such persons as by virtue of the statutes of distribution of intestate's effects shall be entitled to the
any master or commander of any such merchant-ship shall neglect or refuse to pay over or tender to the principal Officer of
Customs at the port aforesaid all and every such sum and sums of 30 money within the time hereinbefore limited, he sliall forfeit and pay
for every such offence double the amount of the sum or sums of money so due to any seaman, mariner or other person for wages aforesaid, such forfeiture to be recovered and applied as hereinafter is
mentioned : Provided always, That all and every such sum and sums 35
of money as shall not be lawfully demanded of the said Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond, by any legal representative, or widow or issue, or other person hereby authorized, as the case may be, within the term of Three Years after the first payment thereof to any principal Officer of Customs as aforesaid, shall be forfeited, and shall go and be paid to the account of the said Corporation, in trust for the said Merchant Seamen's Fund.
Trinity House And be it Enacted, That the said Corporation, as such Trustees as may appoint aforesaid for the said Merchant Seamen's Fund, may appoint such Agents and agents, clerks and servants as they may deem necessary for the pur- business of poses of this Act, with such reasonable salaries or remuneration as the the Fund, and
may pay them, с
said with consent
same; and if
said Corporation may think proper, and as may be approved by the
virtue of this Act, as Trustees for the said Merchant Seamen's Fund.
intituled, “ An Act for incorporating the Members of a Society comnual sum to
monly called the Seamen's Hospital Society, and their Successors, as Hospital. therein is mentioned and provided; and for the better enabling and
empowering them to carry on the charitable and useful Designs of
Pounds : And whereas it is
, to be 40 applied by the said Seamen's Hospital Society, according to the directions of the said recited Seamen's Hospital Society Act.
19. Act may be altered this Session
And be it Enacted, That this Act may be amended or repealed by any Act to be passed in the present Session of Parliament.