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7 & 8 Geo. IV. feit and pay for the first offence, for every person or passenger exceedin:

such number, any sum not exceeding 40s.; and every person or person who shall offend in the premises a second time, and be thereof convicted shall be disfranchised, and shall not be allowed to work, row, or navigat any wherry, boat, or other vessel, or to enjoy any of the privileges of freeman of the said company, for the space of twelve calendar months and in case any greater number of persons or passengers shall be taken and carried in any such wherry, boat, or other vessel, than are respective allowed to be carried therein as aforesaid, and any one or more of the shall by reason thereof be drowned, every person or persons who shu work or navigate such wherry, boat, or other vessel, offending there: and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall be deemed guilty of misd meanour, and shall be liable to such punishment as in cases of misid: meanour, at the discretion of the court before whom such offender shu be tried and convicted ; and every such person so convicted shall also b. disfranchised, and not allowed at any time thereafter to work, row, ? navigate any wherry, boat, or other vessel, or to enjoy any of the privilege of a freeman of the said company: provided always, that no licence sha be granted by the said master, wardens, and assistants, to any freeman the said company, or the widow of any freeman, residing at Gravesend at Milton next Gravesend, to use and work for hire any wherry or box for carrying more than ten persons or passengers, unless he or she she produce a licence from the mayor, jurats, and common council of Grave end, together with a certificate of his or her being a fit and proper perso

for that purpose.” The names of Sect. 39. “The said court of master, wardens, and assistants, upon th persons keeping request in writing, addressed to the clerk of the said company, and left a boats, &c, for carrying goods, the

the hall of the company, or the office of such clerk, of every person without passen persons who now keep or shall hereafter keep on the said river, within il gers (except as

limits of this act, any lighter, barge, or other boat or craft, used or to b after mentioned), and also the used for the carrying of goods, wares, or merchandize, without passengers names of such

from or to any place or places, ships or other vessels, (except as herein boats, to be registered in the

after is mentioned,) shall cause the name or names and place or places books of the com. abode of such person or persons, and also the name or names by wbie pany.

any such lighter, barge, boat, or other craft for carrying goods, wares, e merchandizes, shall be called or designed to be called, to be duly regis tered in a book or books to be kept by the clerk of the said company fo that purpose, to whom every such person or persons shall pay, for th use of the said company, Is. for each lighter, barge, or other boat or crafi for every such registry, and shall also cause a number for such lighter barge, or other boat or craft respectively, to be forth with delivered by th

said clerk to such owner or owners, who shall cause the same, togetbe The names and with the name or names of the said lighters, barges, and other boats an numbers of such craft, to be painted white on a black ground, in capital letters and figures boats to be painted thereon.

the figures to be not less than six inches long, and broad in proportion and the letters not less than four inches long, and broad in proportion such figures and letters to be painted on the hudds boards of barges, an on the bows of lighters and other craft, and to be preserved and kej legible, so as to be plainly seen in the day-time by persons passing or the said river; and no person or persons shall have two lighters, barges or other boats or craft of the same name; and if any such lighter, barge or other craft shall be worked or navigated without being registered, o without the number and names being painted and legible as aforesaid the owner or owners thereof shall for every such offence forfeit and pa

any sum of money not exceeding 40s." Names of owners Sect. 40. “Every person not residing within the limits of this act, who residing out of the limits of the now keeps or shall hereafter keep any lighter, barge, or other boat, craft act to be painted or vessel, used or to be used for the carrying of goods, wares, or merchan on their lighters,

rs, dize, which may be navigated on the said river within the limits of this &c. navigated within the limits, act, shall cause his or her name and place of abode, and also the name on

names by which any such lighter, barge, or other boat, craft, or vessel shall be called or designed to be called, to be painted white on a black 7 & 8 Geo. IV. ground, in capital letters and figures, the figures not to be less than six c. lxxv. inches long, and broad in proportion, and the letters not less than four inches long, and broad in proportion, such figures and letters to be painted on the hudds boards or sterns of such lighters, barges, boats, craft, and vessels, and to be preserved and kept legible so as to be plainly seen in the day-time by persons passing on the said river; and no person shall bare two lighters, barges, boats, craft, or vessels of the same name; and if any such lighter, barge, boat, craft or vessel shall be worked or navigated within the limits of this act without the name and place of abode being painted and legible as aforesaid, the owner or owners thereof shall for every such offence forfeit and pay any sum of money not exceeding 51.

Sect. 41. “The said court of master, wardens, and assistants shall, upon Boats let for hire the request in writing addressed to the clerk of the said company, and left to be registered

and numbered. at the hall of the company, or the office of such clerk, of every person or persons who now keep or shall hereafter keep on the said river, within the limits of this act, any wherry or other boat to be let out for hire or gain, cause the name or names, and place or places of abode, of such person or persons to be duly registered in a book or books to be kept by the clerk of the said company for that purpose, to whom every such person shall pay, for the rise of the said company, 2s. 6d. for each wherry or boat for every such registry, and also cause a number for each wherry or boat to be forthwith delivered by the said clerk to such person or persons; and such number sha!) be painted in capital figures, to be not less than two inches long, and broad in proportion, in such wherry or other boat, and be preserved SLU kept legible, so as to be plainly seen in the day-time by persons passing on the said river; and if any such person or persons shall neglect to cause inch wherry or boat to be registered, or such number to be painted or Freserved legible, they, he, or she shall for every such offence forfeit and pay any sum of money not exceeding 40s.”

Sect. 42. “The said court of master, wardens, and assistants shall ap- Court may appoint any number of watermen in their discretion to ply and work on the point Sunday

ferries between und river Thames on every Sunday at and between Chelsea and Bow Chelsea and Bow Creek, but so as not to interfere with or prejudice any established private Creek; Serty) at such common stairs or places of plying on either side of the said Tier as to the said court shall seem convenient, and the fare to be taken

all be 2d. for each person carried across the river; and every waterman appointed as aforesaid shall on the Monday morning, or such other day as the said court of master, wardens, and assistants shall appoint for that purpose respectively, pay unto the clerk of the said company, or such otber person as the said court shall from time to time direct, all such sets of money as by them respectively shall be received for conveying passengers on Sunday as aforesaid; and the said court shall pay or cause to be paid to each waterman by them appointed as aforesaid, such a sum or sums for his day's labour as they shall have agreed to pay for the same; and the surplus shall from time to time be applied to the use of the poor, aged, decayed, and maimed watermen and lightermen of the said company, and their widows, at the discretion of the said court of master, wardens, and assistants; and if any person appointed to work as aforesaid shall beglect to pay over on the Monday, or such other day as aforesaid, the full sum of money received by him on the Sunday then last past, he stail for every omission or short payment forfeit and pay any sum of honey not exceeding 40s.

Sect. 43. “ It shall be lawful for the said court of master, wardens, and and may let the išsistants to let to farm to any freeman or freemen the said plying and Working on Sundays, at any common stairs or places of plying, for carryInz and re-carrying of passengers across the said river, for such time as laey shall think proper, provided they give or cause to be given fourteen Jays previous notice thereof, by ordering a printed paper, expressing their intention to let the same, to be affixed in some conspicuous place at Of Dear such respective common stairs or places of plying, and let the

7 & 8 Geo. IV. same according to the highest bidder or bidders, who shall give security c. lxxv.

to their satisfaction for payment of the rent or sum or sums of money bie by him or them for such plying and working; and that, if any freemar whom the said court shall appoint to ply and work as aforesaid, or ani person or persons who shall take such plying or working to farm, or ani person or persons employed by or under him, shall demand or take fror any person or persons whom he or they shall ply to or carry across tb said river, any greater sum of money than 2d. for each person, he or the

shall forfeit and pay for every such offence any sum not exceeding 51." Persons farming Sect. 44. “ Provided that, if any person or persons to be appointed t the same to em.

ply and work, or taking such plying and working to farm as aforesa ploy no person who has not been shall employ, or wilfully permit or suffer any other person or persons to approved of by employed, in plying or working as aforesaid, until such last-mentione the court.

person or persons, and the boat or boats to be used by him or them, sha have been approved of for that purpose by the said court of master, wa dens, and assistants, he or they shall for every such offence forfeit an

pay a sum not exceeding 51.” Sunday ferries Sect. 45. “Provided that nothing herein contained shall extend to at not to be ap- thorize or empower the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, pointed within 200 yards of

any other person or persons whomsoever, to appoint any Sunday ferrie Vauxhall Bridge. or grant any licences to any watermen or others to ply on the river Thame

on a Sunday, from or at the stairs on either side of the bridge at Vauxhal or at any stairs or other place within two hundred yards of any part the said bridge, so as to interfere with, prejudice, or affect the tolls autho

rized to be taken for crossing the same." Watermen not to Sect. 46. “No freeman of the said company, nor any apprentice to ply or work on

freeman, or to the widow of a freeman of the said company, except such a Sunday, below London Bridge, shall be appointed as aforesaid, shall ply for, or take or carry on a Sunday at the plying at or from any common stairs or place of plying on either side of the sale places next above and below any

river at and below London Bridge, at which the said court shall appoin Sunday ferry. watermen to ply and work as aforesaid, any fare or passenger across the

said river, or to either of the two common stairs or places of plying on th opposite side of the said river next above or next below the stairs or plac at which such freeman or apprentice shall ply, nor to any place or place to which the fares and passengers taken at such several and respectira common stairs and places of plying are usually conveyed by the watermer appointed or to be appointed by the said court to ply and work at, nor to any ship, vessel, or craft lying or being on the said river within the distance of such two other stairs or places of plying, on pain of forfeiting and

paying for every such offence any sum of money not exceeding 40s. Justices at

Sect. 47. “ It shall be lawful for the justices of the peace acting in and Gravesend to li- for the corporation, villages, and parishes of Gravesend and Milton, or cense watermen to work on Sun.

either of them, to grant licences, at their or his discretion, to any num days.

ber of the freemen of the said company residing at Gravesend, or any of the apprentices of such freemen, or the widows of such freemen, residing at Gravesend, to carry goods and passengers for hire at and from Gravesend on Sundays; and such licence shall continue in force for the time that shall be therein expressed: provided nevertheless, that the said justices, or either of them, shall have power and authority from time to time to recall such licences before the expiration of the time therein re

spectively to be expressed for the continuance of the same." Application of Sect. 48. “ The fares or sums of money to be taken on Sundays by fares received at freemen and apprentices licensed to work at Gravesend as aforesaid, Gravesend on Sundays.

shall be paid by them to such persons as the said court of master, wardens, and assistants of the said company shall from time to time appoid! for that purpose; and out of the said monies such sums as the said court shall from time to time think proper and fix, shall be paid to every such freeman and apprentice for his day's labour, and the surplus thereof shall be distributed twice in every year to or for the benefit of the freemen of the said company residing at Gravesend, and the widows of freemen re siding at the same place, under such regulations and in such manner as

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the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, in and by any rules and 7 & 8 Geo. IV. 5-laws, to be made by them, and altered or allowed as hereinafter is C. lxxv. entioned, shall direct."

Sect. 49. “ Provided, that if any person or persons shall request the Permission may med justices acting in and for the corporation, villages, and parishes of 5

· be granted to

* other waterGravesend and Milton, or either of thein, to grant permission to any men to work on Petman of the said company, or any apprentice not licensed as aforesaid, Sundays for per

sons requesting. *) work for him, her, or them on a Sunday, it shall be lawful for the said' ''astices, or either of them, by writing under his hand, to grant such perwission to such freeman or apprentice to work for the person or persons taiking such request, and such freeman or apprentice shall and may reto the fares or sums of money to be received by him in respect thereof, or his own benefit or the benefit of his master or mistress."

Sect. 50. “If any freeman of the said company, or any apprentice, Penalty on other without having such licence or permission as aforesaid, from the said watermen work.,

ing at Gravesend studentioned justices, or either of them,) shall ply or work at Graves- on Sunday, ed on any Sunday, he shall for every such offence forfeit and pay any JD. Dot exceeding 51.

Sect. 51. “The said court of master, wardens, and assistants shall Court to set up maintain or erect and set up, or cause to be maintained or erected and be

bells at Billings

gate and Gravesset up, proper bells, the one at Billingsgate, in the city of London, and end, to give now the other on such part of the town quay of Gravesend, as the mayor, tice of the tide,

and to appoint urats and common council of Gravesend may appoint, and which they Officers to ring the are bereby required to do, for the purposes hereinafter mentioned; and same.

al cause the said bells at all times hereafter to be kept in good and Sicient repair and order; and shall appoint proper officers to ring the taal bell at Billingsgate at every time of high water at London Bridge, 22. to ring the said bell at Gravesend at every time of the first of flood

te; and if the said court shall neglect to provide or maintain such eus, or to appoint such officers, they shall forfeit and pay for every such Bence the sum of 501., the whole whereof shall go to the person or peras who shall inform or sue for the same, and may be recovered by men of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any of his majesty's courts e record at Westinipster, with full costs of suit, wherein no essoign, priFrage, protection, wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall be

wed." Sect. 52. “ The officers appointed as aforesaid for such places respec- Officers to ring siy shall give their constant attendance, as well by night as by day, at

such bells at

London and Dubagsgate and Gravesend respectively, at every time of high water at Gravesend at the Ladon Bridge, and at Gravesend at every time of the first of food there ; times appointed. ad such officer or officers shall, as nearly as possible, at every such time Espectively, at each of the said places respectively, ring the bell to be provided for that purpose as aforesaid, and shall continue ringing the same for fifteen minutes, to give notice to the respective owners, masters, 04 20agers of boats and wherries, who design to pass between London 01 Gravesend by that tide, to put off and set forward ; and every iseer who shall neglect to ring the said bells respectively at the time Birtesaid, shall for every such offence forfeit and pay any sum not exceedng 408."

Sect. 53. “If, after the ringing of such bell as aforesaid at Billings- Penalty if boats rate or Gravesend, any such boat designing to go by that tide from one do not go on the

ringing of the to the other of the said places shall not immediately depart, and effec- bell." waly proceed, without lying by in the river, or putting again on shore Tithin two miles of the said respective places of Billingsgate or Graves. al, as the case may be, for the taking in any goods, passenger or pas. espera, or if any such boat shall not be provided with iwo sufficient men Besides apprentices during the whole of the said voyage, then and in every such case the owner, master, or manager of any such boat, shall ut every such offence forfeit and pay any sumn not exceeding 51.

dect. 54. “ If any waterman navigating, working, or rowing in or be- Watermen losing songing to any vessel or boat, navigated, worked, or rowed between Lon- their tide to be

7 & 8 Geo. IV. don and Gravesend, shall wilfully or negligently lose the tide, by putting c. Ixxy.

on shore for the taking in of any other passenger or passengers, or goods, subject to a pe

or by loitering on the voyage or by the way, or if the passengers, or any nalty, and not of them, of any such vessel or boat, shall be put out or landed short o entitled to their

the place to which such vessel or boat shall have been bound, (sailing fare,

vessels detained by want of wind only excepted,) then and in every staci case such passengers or passenger are hereby discharged from payin their or his respective passage-money, and the waterman so offending shall forfeit and pay for every such offence any sum of money no exceeding 40s., and shall also be liable to be sued or prosecuted at lavb the party injured, in such manner as if no penalty had been inflicted b

this act.. The court em Sect. 55. “ The said court of master, wardens, and assistants sho powered to regulate the affairs of

of have full power to superintend, regulate, and control all the affairs an the company concerns of the said company, and to order and dispose of the custod

of their common seal, and the use and application thereof." Court may make Sect. 56. “ It shall be lawful for the said court of master, warden by-laws.

and assistants, and they are hereby empowered, from time to time make and set down in writing such rules or by-laws as they shall thin proper for the good government of the said company, and for determi ing the fees which shall be taken on the binding of apprentices, and th assignment of them, and the admission of members, and on other oct sions, for the better maintenance of the company, and the quarterage ! other sums to be paid by the freemen, and for regulating the freemne of the said company, and their widows and apprentices, and the boats other craft to be worked or rowed by them within the limits of this a and to annex reasonable penalties and forfeitures for the breach of sur rules or by-laws respectively, not exceeding the sum of 51. for any on offence, provided the same rules or by-laws be not inconsistent with an of the laws of this kingdom, or the provisions and directions in this at contained, or any of them, or any rules or by-laws to be made by th said court of mayor and aldermen by virtue of this act, or any of them and also from time to time to alter, amend, repeal, or make void sud rules or by-laws, or any of them, as to the said court of master, Wardens and assistants, in their discretion shall seem meet, so as after the making altering, amending, or repealing thereof respectively, the rules or by-law to be made by the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, auk every such alteration, amendment and repeal, be approved or altered from time to time, by the said court of mayor and aldermen, and also after

every such approval be allowed as hereinafter is mentioned.” Court of aldermen Sect. 57. “It shall be lawful for the said court of mayor and alderempowered to men, and they are hereby empowered, from time to time to make and see make by-laws,

wa down in writing such rules and by-laws as they shall think proper, for and alter by-laws made by the court the government and regulation of the freemen of the said company, and of the company. their widows and apprentices, and the boats, vessels, and other craft to

be rowed or worked within the limits of this act, and to annex reasonable penalties and forfeitures for the breach of such rules and by-laws respectively, not exceeding the sum of 5l. for any one offence, provided the same rules or by-laws be not inconsistent with any of the laws of this kingdom, or the provisions and directions in this act contained, or any of them; and also from time to time to alter, amend, repeal, or make void such rules and by-laws, or any of them, or any rules or by-laws which shall have been made at any time or times by the said court o! master, wardens, and assistants, and approved and allowed as hereinbefore and hereinafter is mentioned, so as, after the making, altering, amending, or repealing thereof respectively, the said rules and by-lawe to be made by the said court of mayor and aldermen, and every such alteration, amendment, and repeal of any such rules or by-laws, or of any rules or by-laws to be made, altered, or amended by the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, and approved, altered, or repealed by the said court of mayor and aldermen, be allowed as hereinafter is mentioned."

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