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Marine,” and shall have and execute all the powers and duties vested in or imposed on such Board by this Act; and the President, or in his absence the Vice-President, of the said Committee of Privy Council shall be President of the said Board ; and the powers and duties vested in or imposed on the said Board by this Act may be
5 exercised and executed by any Three or more members thereof, of whom the said President or Vice-President, or the said Lord of the Admiralty, or the said Deputy Master of the Trinity House, shall be always one; and in case of any vacancy, the surviving or continuing inembers of the Board, not being less than Three, shall be competent 10 so to act as if no vacancy existed.
2. Commissioners not to be salaried.
And be it Enacted, That no salaries shall be paid to the said Commissioners, or any of them, in respect of their appointments under this Act,
3. Power to the Board to appoint a Secretary, Clerks and Servants.
And be it Enacted, That it shall be lawful for the said Board, from 15 time to time, to appoint a Secretary and such Clerks and servants as they may deem vecessary for the purposes of this Act, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, and every person so appointed shall be removable at the pleasure of the said Board ; and it shall be lawful for the said Commissioners of the 20 Treasury, from time to time, to fix the remuneration or salaries of such Secretary, Clerks or servants, and to pay the same, together with all proper and reasonable expenses incurred by the said Board in the execution of this Act, out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
4. Commissioners may have a Common Seal.
And be it Enacted, That the said Board shall cause to be made a seal for their use in the execution of this Act; and documents or copies of documents purporting to proceed from them, and to be signed by any Three or more of them, and to be sealed or stamped with such seal, shall be received as primâ facie evidence in all courts and places whatsoever.
5. Transfer of certain Powers of the Board of Trade to the
And be it Enacted, That from and after the
all the duties now imposed upon the Lords of the said Board of Mercantile Committee of Privy Council for Trade by a certain Act passed in 8 & 9 Vict., c. 116.
the Session of Parliament holden in the eighth and ninth years of 35 the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for the Protec
tion of Seamen entering on board Merchant-ships ;” and by a 9 & 10 Vict., c. 100. certain Act passed in the Session of Parliament holden in the ninth
and tenth years of the reign of Her present Majesty, intituled, “An Act for the Regulation of Steam Navigation, and for requiring Sea- 40 going Vessels to carry Boats ;' and all powers or authority now vested in the said Committee by or by virtue of the said recited Acts shall be transferred to, imposed upon, and vested in the said
Board of Mercantile Marine as fully as if the said Board had been
Committee shall be deemed to apply to the said Board instead of the
the Lords of the said Committee, or carried on under the authority
and exercise the same powers, rights and authority in respect of
the said Board.
Marine to have
6. AND whereas an Act was passed in the Session of Parliament Board of Mercantile helden in the sixth and seventh years of the reign of King WiLLIAM superintendence as
the Fourth, intituled, “ An Act for vesting Lighthouses, Lights and Sea- Tolls over the 15 marks on the Coasts of England in the Corporation of Trinity House Trinity House of.
Deptford Strond, the of Deptford Strond, and for making Provisions respecting Lighthouses, Northern Lights Lights, Buoys, Beacons and Sea-marks, and the Tolls and Duties pay- the Ballast Board able in respect thereof;" which Act is hereinafter designated and
referred to as “ The General Lighthouse Act:" And whereas by the 20 said General Lighthouse Act, certain powers of supervision were conferred
upon the Master, Wardens and Assistants of the Corporation of the Trinity IIouse of Deptford Strond over the Lighthouses on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland respectively, notwithstanding such
Lighthouses were continued to be under the control and management
for preserving and improving the Port of Dublin, hereinafter denomi-
empowered to enter the Lighthouses on the coasts of Scotland and
and the said Ballast Corporation were required before erecting or
tioned to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, who were
as the case might be: And whereas it is expedient that the pro-
should, so far as respects Lighthouses and the tolls thereof, be subject
Marine, and that the said Northern Lights Commissioners and the
duties respectively vested in or imposed on the said respective
already granted by the said several Boards respectively.
And be it Enacted, That so much of the said General Lighthouse sent powers
of the Trinity House over
Act as authorizes the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, their the Northern Lights engineers, workmen and servants, to enter the Lighthouses on the the Ballast Board. coasts of Scotland and Ireland respectively, or as requires notice to be given by the said Northern Lights Commissioners and the said
Ballast Corporation respectively, to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, in respect of erecting any new Lighthouse, or removing or altering any Lighthouse, or the character thereof, or of the light
exhibited thereat, or as authorizes the said Master, Wardens and 5 Assistants to signify any disapproval or make any suggestion in reference thereto, shall be repealed.
8. AND whereas the Lighthouse tolls to which the said Master, Wardens Lighthouse Tolls. and Assistants are entitled are by virtue of the said General Light
house Act applicable to pay off the whole or any part of the principal 10 money borrowed by the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, under
the said Act, and the interest thereof, and are (but subject nevertheless to the due maintenance of Lighthouses under the management of the said Master, Wardens and Assistants) likewise applicable under or by
virtue of divers Acts of Parliament, grants, charters or letters patent, 15 to the good government and increase of the navigation of this king
doin, and to the better ordering and establishing of the said Corporation of the Trinity House, and to the relief of poor persons, brethren and the wives of brethren of the said Corporation, who are in decay,
misery, poverty or need, and to the relief of poor mariners, their 20 widows and orphans: And whereas by an Act passed in the third
year of the reign of his late Majesty King GEORGE the fourth, intituled, “ Au Act for further continuing, altering and amending several Acts for the better Regulation of Lastage and Ballastage in
the River Thames, and for enabling the Corporation of Trinity 25 House of Deptford Strond to reduce, alter, modify, relinquish or
abolish Dues payable to the said Corporation, and for other purposes connected therewith," the said Master, Wardens and Assistants were empowered from time to time, upon the requisition or with the
consent of his then Majesty, his heirs and successors, in his or their 30 Privy Council, to reduce, relinquish, abolish, alter or modify all or
any or either of the rates, prices, dues, duties or tolls granted to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants by grants, charters or Acts of Parliament, or levied and received under the authority thereof re
spectively, or by ancient usage, custom or prescription, or any part or 35 parts thereof, so far as might be consistent with the charitable and
other uses, purposes and intents for which the said Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond had been established or maintained; and by the said enactment now in recital it was provided, that no such
rates, prices, dues, duties or tolls should at any time be increased 40 beyond the amount which might be levied or received by the said
Corporation in respect thereof before the passing of the Act now in recital : And whereas by the said General Lighthouse Act, the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, the said Coinmissioners and the said Ballast Corporation respectively, were empowered, upon the requisition or with the consent of Her Majesty in Council, to reduce, relinquish
or modify, revive, establish or increase the Lighthouse tolls to which the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, the said Northern Lights Commissioners and the said Ballast Corporation were respectively entitled; but nevertheless in such manner and form, and subject to such conditions and limitations as the said Master, Wardens and Assistants 5 were at the time of passing the said General Lighthouse Act by law empowered, in respect of the tolls mentioned in the therein and hereinbefore recited Act of the third year of the reign of bis said late Majesty King GEORGE the Fourth : And whereas by reason of the iimitations to the power of reducing and altering the 10 Lighthouse tolls payable to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants in the said recited Act of the third year of the reign of King George the Fourth contained, and by reason of the general and indefinite nature of the charitable and corporate objects to which the Lighthouse tolls payable to the said Master, Wardens and 15 Assistants are applicable, it is doubtful whether and to what extent Her Majesty in Council can absolutely require the said Master, Wardens and Assistants to reduce or modify their said Lighthouse tolls, and it is accordingly expedient that the purposes to which the Lighthouse tolls payable to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants 20 are to be applied, and especially the nature and extent of such of these purposes as are of a charitable nature, should be defined and declared ; and it is also expedient that the power of altering and modifying the Lighthouse tolls payable to the said Master, Wardens and Assistants, the said Northern Lights Commissioners and the 25 said Ballast Corporation respectively, should be exercised by an authority independent of the said several Lighthouse Boards : And whereas, in pursuance of the said grants, charters and letters patent, the said Master, Wardens and Assistants have for many years granted pensions for the relief of poor mariners, their widows and orphans, and of late years the average sum thus annually applied has been Twenty-five thousand Pounds, or thereabouts, and it is expedient that the like amount should be continued to be reserved by them out of the Lighthouse tolls to be applied in payment of such pensions, or otherwise, for the benefit of poor mariners, or their widows or 35 orphans, until otherwise directed by Parliainent: And whereas, in pursuance of the provisions, and in exercise of the powers of the said General Lighthouse Act, the said Master, Wardens and Assistants have, since the passing thereof, purchased the Lighthouses thereby directed to be purchased, and have for that purpose borrowed or 40 provided large sums of money: And whereas the said Master, Wardens and Assistants have paid the interest due on such sums of money, and have repaid a considerable part of the principal thereof out of the surplus of the light dues received since the passing of the said General Lighthouse Act, and the principal now remaining due consists of the particulars described in the Schedule hereunto annexed :