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Definition of Members.

(3.) Every person shall be deemed to have agreed to become a member of the company who insures any ship or share in a ship in pursuance of the regulations hereinafter contained.

General Meetings.

(4.) The first general meeting shall be held at such time, not being more than three months after the incorporation of the company, and at such place as the directors may determine.

(5.) Subsequent general meetings shall be held at such time and place as may be prescribed by the company in general meeting; and if no other time or place is prescribed, a general meeting shall be held on the first Monday in February in every year, at such place as may be determined by the directors.

(6.) The above-mentioned general meetings shall be called ordinary meetings; all other general meetings shall be called extraordinary.

(7.) The directors may, whenever they think fit, and they shall, upon a requisition made in writing by any five or more members, convene an extraordinary general meeting.

(8.) Any requisition made by the members shall express the object of the meeting proposed to be called, and shall be left at the registered office of the company.

(9.) Upon the receipt of such requisition the directors shall forthwith proceed to convene a general meeting: if they do not proceed to convene the same within twenty-one days from the date of the requisition, the requisitionists, or any other five members, may themselves convene a meeting.

Proceedings at General Meetings.

(10.) Seven days notice at the least, specifying the place, the day and the hour of meeting, and in case of special business the general nature of such business, shall be given to the members in manner hereinafter mentioned, or in such other manner, if any, as may be prescribed by the company in general meeting; but the nonreceipt of such notice by any member shall not


invalidate the proceedings at any general meeting. (11.) All business shall be deemed special that is transacted at an extraordinary meeting, and all that is transacted at an ordinary meeting, with the exception of the consideration of the accounts, balance sheets, and the ordinary report of the directors.

(12.) No business shall be transacted at any meeting except the declaration of a dividend, unless a quorum of members is present at the commencement of such business; and such quorum shall be ascertained as follows; that is to say, if the members of the company at the time of the meeting do not exceed ten in number, the quorum shall be five; if they exceed ten there shall be added to the above quorum one for every five additional members up to fifty, and one for every ten additional members after fifty, with this limitation, that no quorum shall in any case exceed thirty.

(13.) If within one hour from the time appointed for the meeting a quorum of members is not present, the meeting, if convened upon the requisition of the members, shall be dissolved: in any other case it shall stand adjourned to the same day in the following week at the same time and place; and if at such adjourned meeting a quorum of members is not present, it shall be adjourned sine die.

(14.) The chairman (if any) of the directors shall preside as chairman at every general meeting of the company.

(15.) If there be no such chairman, or if at any meeting he is not present at the time of holding the same, the members present shall choose some one of their number to be chairman of such meeting.

(16.) The chairman may, with the consent of the meeting, adjourn any meeting from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at any adjourned meeting other than the business left unfinished at the meeting from which the adjournment took place. (17.) At any general meeting, unless a poll is demanded by at least five members, a declaration by the chairman that a resolution has been car

ried, and an entry to that effect in the book of proceedings of the company, shall be sufficient evidence of the fact, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favor of or against such resolution.

(18.) If a poll is demanded in manner aforesaid, the same shall be taken in such manner as the chairman directs, and the result of such poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the company in general meeting.

Votes of Members.

(19.) Every member shall have one vote and no more. (20.) If any member is a lunatic or idiot he may vote by his committee, curator bonis, or other legal


(21.) No member shall be entitled to vote at any meeting unless all monies due from him to the company have been paid.

(22.) Votes may be given either personally or by proxies a proxy shall be appointed in writing under the hand of the appointor, or if such appointor is a corporation, under its common seal. (23.) No person shall be appointed a proxy who is not a member, and the instrument appointing him shall be deposited at the registered office of the company not less than forty-eight hours before the time of holding the meeting at which he proposes to vote.

(24.) Any instrument appointing a proxy shall be in the following form:- (a)

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Company limited.
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as my proxy, to vote for

me and on my behalf at the [ordinary or extraordinary, as the case may be] general meeting of the company to be held on the


held on the


and at any adjournment thereof to be day of next [or, at any meeting of the company that may be held in

the year


As witness my hand this

Signed by the said


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(a) As to stamps on proxies, see ante, pp. 54, 55.


(25.) The number of the directors, and the names of the first directors, shall be determined by the subscribers of the memorandum of association. (26.) Until directors are appointed, the subscribers of the memorandum of association shall for all the purposes of this act be deemed to be directors. Powers of Directors.

(27.) The business of the company shall be managed by the directors, who may exercise all such powers of the company as are not hereby required to be exercised by the company in general meeting; but no regulation made by the company in general meeting shall invalidate any prior act of the directors which would have been valid if such regulation had not been made.

Election of Directors.

(28) The directors shall be elected annually by the company in general meeting. Business of Company.

{Here insert rules as to mode in which business of insurance is to be conducted.]


(29.) The accounts of the company shall be audited by a committee of five members, to be called the audit committee.

(30.) The first audit committee shall be nominated by the directors out of the body of members.

(31.) Subsequent audit committees shall be nominated by the members at the ordinary general meeting in each year.

(32.) The audit committee shall be supplied with a copy of the balance sheet, and it shall be their duty to examine the same with the accounts and vouchers relating thereto.

(33.) The audit committee shall have a list delivered to them of all books kept by the company, and they shall at all reasonable times have access to the books and accounts of the company: they may, at the expense of the company, employ accountants or other persons to assist them in investigating such accounts, and they may in relation to such accounts examine the directors or any other officer of the company.

(34.) The audit committee shall make a report to the members upon the balance sheet and accounts, and in every such report they shall state whether in their opinion the balance sheet is a full and fair balance sheet, containing the particulars required by these regulations of the company, and properly drawn up, so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of the company's affairs, and in case they have called for explanation or information from the directors, whether such explanations or information have been given by the directors, and whether they have been satisfactory, and such report shall be read together with the report of the directors at the ordinary meeting.


(35.) A notice may be served by the company upon any member either personally, or by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed to such member at his registered place of abode. (36.) Any notice, if served by post, shall be deemed to have been served at the time when the letter containing the same would be delivered in the ordinary course of the post; and in proving such service it shall be sufficient to prove that the letter containing the notice was properly addressed, and put into the post office. Winding-up.

(37.) The company shall be wound-up voluntarily whenever an extraordinary resolution, as defined by the Companies Act, 1862, is passed, requiring the company to be wound-up voluntarily.

Names, Addresses and Description of Subscribers.

1. John Jones of
2. John Smith of
3. Thomas Green of
4. John Thompson of
5. Caleb White of
6. Andrew Brown of
7. Cæsar White of


in the county of
in the county of
in the county of
in the county of
in the county of

in the county of
in the county of

Dated the 22nd day of November, 1861.

Witness to the above signatures,

A. B., No. 13, Hute Street, Clerkenwell,

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