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intituled, “ The Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond, in trust for the Merchant Seamen's Fund,” all Parliamentary stock or Government securities standing in the said books in the names or ou the account of the said President and Governors, or in the names or on the account of the said bodies of trustees respectively, or of any of such bodies, or of any persons or person whomsoever, in trust for the said President and Governors, or for the said bodies of Trustees, and also shall pay or cause to be paid to the said Corpora

tion of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond all monies which 10 at the passing of this Act shall be in or shall have subsequently come

into the possession or power of the said President and Governors or of the said bodies of Trustees respectively, and shall call in and compel payment of and convert into money all other monies, funds and

property due to the said President and Governors, or the said bodies of 15 Trustees respectively, or to which they are or shall be entitled, and

which are applicable either generally to the purposes of the Merchant Seamen's Fund, or are held by the said President and Governors, or the said bodies of Trustees respectively, in trust for the relief of the

seainen of any particular port or ports, or their widows or children, 20 and shall pay over the monies so called in or arising from such conver

sion to the said Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond; and in the meantime, until such transfer, calling in, conversion, and payment, the said stocks, funds and securities, monies and property,

shall be held and applied, subject to the directions of the said Corpo25 ration of the Trinity House, in trust for the Merchant Seamen's Fund,

and for the purposes thereof, as in this Act is mentioned : Provided always, That it shall be lawful for the said Corporation, until the Thirtyfirst day of December One thousand eight hundred and Forty-eight,

to direct the said President and Governors and Boards of Trus30 tees respectively to make payments out of any monies which may be

in or which may come into their hands on account of pensions granted before the passing of this Act, or which may be granted after the passing thereof, under any authority given in that behalf by the said

Corporation, or on account of occasional relief to shipwrecked or 35 disabled seamen, or on account of the salaries and allowances of per

sons employed and of expenses incurred for the purposes of the said recited Acts or of this Act.

3.

Seamen's
Fund to be
invested in
Parliament-

And be it Enacted, That the said Corporation of the Trinity House Merchant

shall from time to time invest in Parliamentary securities, and in no 40 other security whatsoever, all monies coming into their hands on

account of the said Merchant Seamen's Fund, which may not be ary Securities presently required for the payment of pensions and other current expenses under the provisions of this Act; and all such monies as may te required for such pensions and expenses shall be kept in an account to be opened at the Bank of England in the name of the

said

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said Corporation in trust for the Merchant Seamen's Fund; and all
monies whatsoever which may be received by any person for the
said Corporation in trust for the said fund, shall forth with be paid
into the Bank of England to the said account, without any deduction
whatsoever ; and all persons entitled to charge commission upon such 5
monies so received, or entitled to salaries for the duty performed by
them for the said Corporation as such trustees as aforesaid for the
said fund, and all agents of the said Corporation for the purposes of
the said fund, shall receive payment or advances, as the case may be,
by drafts upon the Bank of England, drawn by and under the autho- 10
rity and in the name of the said Corporation, as trustees for the said
fund, that so the books of the Bark of England may show every year
the total gross sums received and paid by the said Corporation on
behalf of the said fund.

4.

Governors,

held on

And be it Enacted, That previous to the First day of February in 15 every year, and at such other time or times as shall be fixed by the said Corporation, every agent of the said Corporation, as such Trustees as aforesaid for the said fund, shall transmit to the said Corporation a statement of the sums actually in his hands on the First day of January in such year or at such other time as aforesaid on behalf of the said 20 Corporation, or of the sums wherein he on that day holds the said Corporation, as trustees as aforesaid for the said fund, to be indebted

to him on account of advances made by him on their behalf. 3. Upon transfer Provided always, and be it Enacted, That the said President and of stock,ecco Governors, and the said bodies of Trustees respectively, at the time 25 dent and

when they shall transfer to the said Corporation of the Trinity House, and Outport in trust for the Merchant Seamen's Fund, the stock, moniesand other Trustees, to the Trinity

property held by them respectively on account of the said fund, House, that

shall specify and distinguish, in an account to be rendered for that special trusts

purpose, all such stock, monies, and other property as may be held 30 tinguished

by them under grant, conveyance, demise, bequest, and otherwise in separate. trust for the special benefit of seamen, their widows and orphans, at

certain ports and places from such stock, monies and other property,
as they may hold generally on account of the said fund, and shail
transmit therewith all such deeds, documents or papers as they shall 35
be possessed of relative to such stock, monies or other property, so
specifically appropriated to certain uses ; and the said Corporation of
the Trinity House shall keep the said stock, monies and other property
so specifically appropriated, in an account distinct from the general
account of the fund, and shall apply the same and the annual produce 40
thereof upon the special trusts to which the former may

be applicable, under

any
such

grant, conveyance, demise or bequest as aforesaid. 6. Trinity AND whereas the Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford 25,000 l. an Strond have been accustomed of late years to pay out of the monies nually, out of

coming

to be dis

and kept

House to pay

Merchant

coming into their hands as lighthouse tolls, a sum averaging Twenty- Lighthouse five Thousand Pounds in pensions in each year to worn-out seamen, account of their widows and orphans, and pensions to worn-out seamen, Seamen's their widows and orphans, have been of old time paid in like manner

Fund. 5 by the said Corporation under their Charter, and it is just that a sum

equal to that of late years thus appropriated to their benefit should continue to be so appropriated to the benefit of merchant seamen; but it is expedient that all sums appropriated to their benefit should be

under the management of one constant authority, governed by fixed 10 rules in the distribution thereof; BE it therefore Enacted, That the

said Corporation of the Trinity House shall pay over annually, out of the monies coming into their hands as lighthouse tolls, in Four equal quarterly payments, on the Fifth days of January, April, July

and October in each year, the sum of Twenty-five thousand Pounds, 15 to the account of the said Corporation of the Trinity House, in trust

for the Merchant Seamen's Fund.

7.

And be it Enacted, That after the passing of this Act the said Corporation of the Trinity House shall cease to grant or pay out of

the light-house tolls to which they now are or may hereafter become 20 entitled any pensions to seamen, their widows and orphans, under the

charters or authorities under which they have hitherto granted them, and shall cease to be charged with the payment of such pensions ; but such pensions shall be paid by the said Corporation, as such trustees as

aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's Fund, during the respective inter25

ests of the several parties to whom the same may have been granted, whether for life or years, and suliject to the same conditions

upon

which the same may have been granted : Provided always, That in all cases in which a seaman shall, at the time of the passing of this Act, be in the

receipt of a pension from the Corporation of the Trinity House, and 30

also a pension from the Merchant Seamen's Fund, and the sum of such Two pensions shall be greater than the amount of any pension which, after the passing of this Act, may be assigned to such seaman under the general rules of the Merchant Seamen's Fund, such seaman

may nevertheless, if the said Corporation, as trustees for the Merchant 35

Seamen's Fund shall think fit, receive from the said fund, in lieu of such amount of pension so assigned to him, a special pension equal in amount to the Two pensions he shall have heretofore enjoyed; but in all cases in which the sum of such Two pensions as aforesaid shall

be less than the amount of any such new pension which may so be 40 assigned to any seaman, such seaman shall receive only such new

pension, and the pension he may have heretofore received from the Corporation of the Trinity House shall absolutely cease and determine.

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8. Tonnage duty of 18. to be annually chargeable on British vessels.

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And be it Enacted, That from and after the passing of this Act,
the owner of every Merchant-ship or other private ship or vessel regis-
tered in the United Kingdom, which shall clear out from or enter
inwards at any port of the United Kingdom, or be at sea upon any
foreign voyage, or proceed to or from any port in the United King- 5
dom coastwise, or from or to any Foreign Port, in the year One
thousand eight hundred and Forty-eight, or in any subsequent year,
shall be charged with the payment, for such year, of the sum of
One Shilling in respect of every ton of the registered tonnage of
such ship or vessel, and the owner of such ship or vessel shall pay 10
or cause to be paid such tonnage duty to the Collector of Customs
at some port in the United Kingdom, and such Collector of Customs,
as soon as the same shall have been received, shall transmit the
same, without any deduction whatsoever, to the Bank of England,
to the account of the Corporation of the Trinity House, in trust 15
for the Merchant Seamen's Fund; and no officer of Customs
shall at any time after the Thirty-first day of December One thou-
sand eight hundred and Forty-eight, clear inwards or outwards any
such ship or vessel in any port of the United Kingdom, or permit
or suffer any such ship or vessel to enter or leave any port of 20
the United Kingdom coastwise, or from or to any Foreign Port,
until the master or owner of such ship or vessel shall produce the
receipt of the Collector of the Customs at some port in the United
Kingdom, to the effect that the aforesaid duty of Ore Shilling in
respect of every ton of the registered tonnage of such ship or vessel
has been duly paid for the then current year, and where any such
registered ship or vessel shall have been absent from the United
Kingdom for more than one year, then such ship or vessel shall not be
permitted to enter inwards until the Master thereof shall produce such
receipt as aforesaid, to the effect that the aforesaid duty has been duly paid 30
for all years which may have elapsed after the passing of this Act,
since such ship or vessel last cleared out from any port of the United
Kingdom ; and if any such ship or vessel shall clear inwards or out-
wards, or shall enter or leave any port in the United Kingdom coast-
wise or from or to any Foreign port, before the Master or Owner 35
thereof shall have produced such receipt as is bereby required, the
Owner of such ship or vessel shall forfeit and pay the sum of One hun-
dred Pounds, and the Master thereof the sum of Fifty Pounds, to be re-
covered and applied as hereinafter is mentioned: Provided always, That
all boats solely employed in taking fish upon the coasts of the United 40
Kingdom, or of the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and
Man, and all boats and vessels trading only from place to place within
any river of the United Kingdom, shall not be deemed registered
boats and vessels within the meaning of this Act, and the owners
thereof shall not be charged in respect of the same with the payment
of such duty : Provided always, That the Owner of every ship or

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Power to

vessel to de

2 s. from

vessel charged with such duty as aforesaid shall, after the passing of Exception of this Act, be empowered to deduct and retain, or cause to be deducted sels, &c. or retained, for his own use, Two Shillings by the month from the Owner of

wages of the Master of any such ship or vessel, and One Shilling by duct monthly 5 the month from the wages of every seaman employed in the same,

Master, and and a proportional sum for any period less than a month, during 18. from each which such master or such seaman respectively shall serve on board such ship or vessel: Provided also, That such Owner shali not be empowered to make any deduction from the wages, if

any,

of

any 10 apprentice, or to make any claim upon any apprentice for an ex

tended period of service by reason of such rates on tonnage charged upon such Owner, and any agreement to such effect entered into by any apprentice, or by any person on his behalf, shall be utterly void.

Seaman.

House to es

Four Classes,

9. And be it Enacted, That as soon as may be after the passing of this Trinity 15 Act, and from time to time as the state of the funds at their disposal tablish Scales

may permit or require, the said Corporation of the Trinity House, and to classify as such Trustees as aforesaid for the Merchant Seamen's Fund, shall, seamen into subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's

Treasury, establish a scale of pensions for merchant seamen wounded, 20 maimed, disabled or worn out in the Merchant Service, and such

seamen shall be distinguished into Four Classes, the First whereof shall include all such as shall be unable to do any thing for their own livelihood, and shall require the care and attendance of another person;

and the Second Class shall include such as shall be unable to do any 25 thing for their own livelihood, but shall not require the care and

attendance of another person ; and the Third Class shall include such as shall be able to contribute in a small degree to their own livelihood, but shall be unfit for further service at sea; and the Fourth

Class shall include such as shall be able to contribute materially to 30 their own livelihood, but shall nevertheless be unfit for further

service at sea; and the scale of pensions so established for the seamen included in each of the said Four Classes shall, as far as the state of the fund may permit, be such as may be sufficient for the decent

support of such seamen without eleemosynary aid, regard being had 35 to the special circumstances of each case which may have occasioned

their being placed in such class : Provided always, That the scale of pensions in each such class shall be less by One-third than the scale of pensions which may be established under the regulations of the Lords

Commissioners of the Admiralty for seamen in Her Majesty's service 40 similarly circumstanced : Provided also, That every seaman who shall

take service under any foreign national flag, or who shall remain in
any foreign service, in private employment, for a longer period than
Two Years, shall forfeit all claim to occasional relief and to pension
by reason of his previous contributions to the fund; and that no seaman
shall, after the passing of this Act, become entitled to any pension,

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