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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.

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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 said fund as may arrive thereat, having suffered shipwreck, with
loss of necessaries, or having been wounded, maimed or disabled, by
the act of the enemny, or by accident in the course of service at sea ;
and also for the granting of medical relief at each of the above-men- 30
tioned Twenty Ports in the United Kingdom to all such seamen pen-
sioners upon the said fund as may require such relief by reason
of sickness; and also for the payment of the pensions granted
from the said fund, on fixed days, at fixed places, and for the
personal attendance of the pensioners to receive the same, and for 35
dispensing with such personal attendance in such cases, and under
such circumstances as in the said regulations shall be mentioned; and
also for defining the mode and form in which applications shall be
made for pensions, and the evidence to be produced in support
thereof; and the said Corporation may from time to time alter, vary 40
or revoke such regulations by other regulations to be made on that
behalf; and the said Corporation shall transmit a copy of every regu-
lation so to be made by them to the Lords of the Committee of Privy
Council for Trade, and the same shall be in force until disallowed by

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the Lords of the said Committee, or until revoked, altered or varied
by the said Corporation ; and the said Corporation shall act in con-
formity to such regulations whilst they remain in force.

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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
the Fifth days of January, April, July and October respectively, for Benefit So-

ciety.
the benefit of the widows and orphans of Merchant Seamen contri-
10 butors to any society which, under the authority of Parliament, and

with the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury,
may be established for the benefit of such widows and orphans; and
until such society shall be so established, the said Corporation, as such

Trustees as aforesaid for the Merchant Seainen's Fund, shall invest
15 such sums so quarterly set apart in Parliamentary securities, and no

other, in trust for the widows and orphans of Merchant Seamen, and
shall similarly invest the dividends upon such securities whenever the
same shall be received, and whenever and as soon as any such secu-

rity shall be duly and lawfully established, the said Corporation shall,
20 subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's

Treasury, transfer to such society all such Parliamentary securities or
stock as may have been so purchased, and thereafter pay over every
year to such society in Four equal quarterly payments as above men-

tioned, the said sum of Five thousand Pounds: Provided always,
25 That if at any time it shall appear to the Commissioners of Her

Majesty's Treasury that a larger sum than Five thousand Pounds by
the year can be contributed by the Merchant Seamen's Fund to the
said Society for the benefit of the widows and orphans of Merchant

Seamen, without prejudice to the main object for which the said
30 fund is instituted, namely, the making of a proper provision for Mer-

chant Seamen wounded, maimed, disabled or worn out in the Mer-
chant Service, then and in that case it shall be lawful for the said
Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to direct the said Corpo-

ration, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's
35 Fund, to pay over to the said society such larger sums at such periods

as in such order of the said Commissioners may be specified; and
thereupon the said Corporation, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the
Merchant Seamen’s Fund, shall pay over such larger sums as in such
order may be directed. .

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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.

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fund during Sixty Months, whether such seamen may at the time of
their decease have been either pensioners upon the said fund, or
entitled to pensions thereon, if they should have become wounded,
maimed, disabled or worn out in the Merchant Service, such and the
same amount of pension as such widows and orphans would have

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received respectively had they become claimants for pensions at the
several ports at which they may be entitled thereto in this present
year: Provided always, That during such term of Five Years as
aforesaid, no pension shall be granted to any widow who was not
married, or to any orphan whose mother was not married at the time 10
of the passing of this Act; and that, after the expiration of such
term of Five Years, no pension shall be granted to the widow or
orphan of any seaman contributing to the said fund.

14. Merchant Seaman not to alienate his Pension.

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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

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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-
men's Fund, shall render to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's 20
Treasury a report, in such form as the said Commissioners shall from
time to time require, showing the proceedings of the said Corporation
under the provisions of this Act; and amongst other things such
report shall show

1. The number of seamen relieved or pensioned under the 25
several heads or in the several classes under or in which relief
or pensions may have been granted, and the total amount of
relief or pensions granted under each head or in each class, and
at each rate of pension.

2. The number of new cases under each head and in each 30
class, the total amount of new charges under each head and in
each class, and the total amount of new pensions granted at each
rate.

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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

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claimed within

expenses, of the balance in the Bank of England, and of sums
held to lie there, distinguishing such sums held to be due as are
deemed to be recoverable from such of which the recovery may

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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.

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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

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said Corporation may think proper, and as may be approved by the
Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury; and such salaries or re-
muneration, and all proper and reasonable expenses incurred by the
said Corporation in carrying into effect the provisions of this Act,
may be paid out of the monies received by the said Corporation by 5

virtue of this Act, as Trustees for the said Merchant Seamen's Fund.
18.
Trinity House AND whereas by an Act passed in the Session of Parliament held in
to pay from
the Merchant the fourth and fifth years of his Majesty King William the Fourth,
Seamen's
Fund an an-

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
the said Society,” a certain society was incorporated by the name of
the Searnen's Hospital Society : And whereas the said society was
instituted for the charitable relief of sick and distressed seamen in the 15
port of London, and for the providing them with medical and sur-
gical aid, lodging, support and clothing, until convalescent: AND
whereas by the said Merchant Seamen's Fund Amendment Act, after
reciting that it was expedient to provide some permanent funds for
enabling the said society to carry on their said charitable designs, it 20
was enacted that Five per centum of the Merchant Seamen's Fund
duties received in respect of the port of London should be paid by
the said President and Governors in manner therein mentioned to the
said Seamen's Hospital Society, to be applied by the said society
according to the direction of the said Seamen's Hospital Society Act: 25
And whereas the average annual sum paid by the said President and
Governor since the passing and under the provisions of the Merchant
Seamen's Fund Amendment Act to the said Seamen's Hospital Society,
has been

Pounds : And whereas it is
expedient to provide out of the funds of the said Corporation in trust 30
for the Merchant Seamen's Fund the like annual amount of aid to
the said Seamen's Hospital Society; BE it therefore Enacted, That
from and after the said Thirty-first day of December One thousand
eight hundred and Forty-eight, the said Corporation, as such Trustees
as aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's Fund, shall every year, out 35
of the monies which shall be received by them under this Act, pay or
cause to be paid to the said Seamen's Hospital Society, by Four equal
quarterly payments, on the First day of January, the First day of
April, the First day of July, and the First day of October in every
year, the annual sum of

, to be 40 applied by the said Seamen's Hospital Society, according to the directions of the said recited Seamen's Hospital Society Act.

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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.

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