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bpen, deepen, and widen the said docks, &c., and aiso to take up and remove any wrecks of ships or vessels, or any ship or lighter, &c. hat shall be sunk therein, or any wood, timber, anchors, or any bstructions or impediments of the like nature that may be found parise therein; and in case the owner of such ship or vessel, ghter, &c. or the person causing the same obstruction, shall refuse r neglect to pay the charge of taking up and removing the same, or the space of fourteen days after demand thereof made by any fficer of the said company, then the owner of such wrecks of ships pressels, &c, or wood, timber, anchors, &c, shall forfeit to the said ompany (besides the expences incurred by removing the same) the am of five pounds, which said sum, together with the expences foresaid, shall be recovered and applied in such manner as other enalties and forfeitures are' by this act directed to be recovered nd applied. $ 92.
To prevent nuisences in the basins and docks &c.—And be it further nacted, that if any person shall throw, cast, or put any ballast, earth, ust, ashes, stones, or other things into or upon any of the said ocks, basins, locks, cuts, or entrances, or any of the works, to the ajury thereof, or do any other annoyance to the same respectively, very person so offending shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding ire pounds, and moreover shall make such satisfaction to the said ompany for the damage done, as the justice by whom such forfeiture hall be adjudged shall deem proper, to be recovered in like manner red by the same remedies as the penalties by this act imposed. $ 93.
Power to take rates for ships, &c.—The said company may take or eceive for every ship or vessel entering into any of the said docks, asins, locks, or cuts, or lying therein or departing therefrom, such -asonable rate, rent, or sum for every ton, according to the register annage of such ship, as the said directors shall from time to time apcint ; and the said company may also take or receive, for or in respect
every lighter, barge, or craft entering into any of the said docks, asins, locks, or cuts, or lying therein, such reasonable rate, rent or im (not exceeding the rate, rent, or sum which may at the same period e payable by ships or vessels trading coastwise between the port of London and any port or place in the United Kingdom.,) as the said irectors shall from time to time appoint. § 101. Recovery of rates in respect of ships. --All rates and charges in respect any ship or vessel, lighter or craft, shall be paid to the said company to their collector at or before the expiration of twenty-four hours next ier such ship or vessel, &c. shall enter the said docks, &c. or hefore aving the same, which shall first happen : and in case the same be not id within the time so limited, it shall be lawful for the collector of the upany to go on board of such ship, &c. to demand, collect, and ceive such rates and charges, and on nonpayment thereof to take and strain such ship, &c. and all the tackle, apparel, and furniture thereto longing, or any part thereof, and the same to detain until such rates d charges shall be satisfied and paid ; and in case of neglect or deult in payment of any of the said rates or charges for the space of five fys next after any distress so made or taken, then it shall be lawful
the said collector to cause the same to he appraised by two or more orn appraisers, or other sufficient persons not interested therein, and erwards to sell the said distress, and therewith to satisfy himself as all for and in respect of the rates or duties so neglected or refused to be paid, and for which such distress shall have been made or taken as aforesaid, as also for and in respect of his or their reasonable charges in taking, keeping, appraising, and selling the same, rendering the overplus (if any there be) to the master, commander, or owner of such ship, &c. upon demand. § 102.
Persons eluding the payment to continue chargeable.--If any master, owner, or other person having the charge or command of any ship, &c. shall by any means whatsoever at any time elude or evade the payment of any rate payable to the said company, or any part thereof, every person eluding or evading payment shall stand charged with and be liable to the payment of the same; and such rate shall and may be recovered from such master or owner respectively by the same ways and means, and in such manner as are hereinafter directed for levying and recovering the penalties and forfeitures by this act inflicted or authorized to be imposed. $ 103.
For ascertaining the tonnage of ships.—The tonnage or admeasurement of every ship or vessel liable to the payment of any rates to the said company shall be ascertained according to the tonnage in the certificate of the registry of such ship ; and the master or other person having the command of every such ship is hereby required to produce such certificate of registry, at the time of payment of the said rates, to the person who shall be duly authorized to collect the same; and in case of any dispute about the same, or in respect of the tonnage of any ship which shall not be required to be registered, or of any foreign ship, then the tonnage of such slip shall be ascertained in the manner and according to the 6 Geo. IV. c. 110.* $ 104.
Power to measure ships and vessels.-If the collector of any of the said rates and the master, &c. of any ship or other vessel liable to the payment of any rate to the company, shall disagree respecting the tonnage of such ship, it shall be lawful for the said collector at all convenient and reasonable times to stop, detain, enter into, and measure the same; and in case the same shall upon such measuring appear to be of greater tonnage than shall be then set forth in the account which shall have been given thereof by such master, then the master or person giving in such account shall pay the costs and charges of such measuring; all which said costs and charges, upon refusal of payment thereof on demand, shall and may be recovered and levied by such ways and means and in such manner as the said rates are hereby appointed to be recovered and levied ;-but if any such ship or other vessel shall be found to be of the same or of less tonnage than the same shall by such account appear to be of, then the said collector shall pay the costs and charges of such measuring, and shall also pay such further charges as shall appear to any two or more justices of the peace acting in and for the county of Middlesex, on the oath of any credible witness, to have arisen from such detention ; and in default of immediate payinent thereof by the collector, the same shall and may be recovered in any of his Majesty's courts of record; and if the master, commander, or other officer of any ship, or any other person, shall obstruct any person so employed from measuring any ship, every such master, &c. shall forfeit any sum not exceeding five pounds over and above the said rates. $ 105.
Power to take rates on goods. - The company may take or receive, for every article of goods, wares, or merchandize which shall be
* Vide Part II. Chap. 1.
bught into or landed or deposited within, or delivered or shipped m, the said dock premises, such reasonable rates, rent, or sums as
said directors shall appoint, in respect of warfage, unshipping, ading, relanding, piling, housing, weighing, coopering, sampling, uning, unhousing, watching, shipping, loading, and delivering of every ch article, and of other work to be performed in respect of such ods; and the said directors shall make a table of the rates, rent, and ms charged by the said company for warfage, unshipping, &c.; and ch table shall be printed and open to inspection in the several ices of the Dock Company, and copies be delivered, free of expense, any person having occasion for and requiring the same, $ 106. Recorery of rates puyable on goods. - All rates, charges, and rent all be paid within the periods and in manner following ; that is to F, if the said goods, &c. shall be of a perishable nature, then at or fore the expiration of one calender month next after the cargo of the ip importing the same shall have been completely discharged or unaded, -or within one calender month next after any such goods shall ve been brought into the premises of the said company for exportain, or previous to the removal of such goods respectively from the emises of the company, which shall first happen ;-and if the said pods shall not be of a perishable nature, then at or before the expiraon of three calender months next after the cargo of the ship importing e same shall have been completely discharged or unloaded, -or ithin three calender months next after any such goods shall have en brought into the premises of the said company for exportation, or revious to the removal of such goods from the premises of the said mpany, which shall first happen ; and in case default be made in ayment of the said rates, &c, the collector may (first paying the duties le in respect of such goods) retain and sell all or any part of such pods, and out of the monies thence arising to retain the amount of the id duties, and pay the rates payable to the said company in respect of ich goods, and all charges and expences of such sale, rendering the verplus, (if any,) and such of the said goods as shall remain unsold, to se person entitled thereto, upon demand ;-and in case such goods Tall happen to be removed before the rates, &c. shall be paid, then it hall be lawful to destrain and sell any goods or chattels of the owner r consignee thereof, in manner before-mentioned : provided always, at the said company, in all or any of the several cases aforesaid, may ecover the amount of the rates, &c. by action of debt in any courts of ecord. 107.
Eremptions from rates --Lighters and craft entering into the docks, tc. to discharge or receive ballast or goods from on board of any ship, ball be exempt from the payment of any rates ; and such ballast or pods shall be exempt from any rate or charge whatever. $ 108,
Copy of manifest to be delivered.—The master of any ship, loaded or bart loaded, which shall enter the said docks, shall, within twelve hours fter her entering the same, or after her having been reported at the Custom-house, (which shall first happen,) deliver or cause to be deliered at the superintendant's ofhce in the said dock, a true copy of the nanitest or report of the cargo of such ship, signed by the said master; and every such master refusing or neglecting to deliver a true copy of such manifest or report,,within the time and in the manner aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding five pounds. § 101.
Direcling at what time the dock gates shall be opened and shut.-. The gates and doors of the warehouses, vaults, and buildings within
the said docks, shall be open for the purposes of business from the 25th of March to the 29th of September from eight in the morning till four in the afternoon; and from the 30th of September to the 24th of March, from nine in the morning till four in the afternoon (excepting only Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Friday, and any day appointed by proclamation for a general fast or thanksgiving); and during the periods of such gates and doors being shut, no person shall be allowed to go in or come out of the said docks except through the wickets or foot gates. $110.
Vessels not to land goods at other places than quays and landing places.- No goods shall be landed or shipped except at such quays, wharfs, and landing places as shall be made and assigned by the directors, and as shall have been approved of by the commissioners of customs, as places for the loading and discharging or landing and shipping of goods and merchandize, upon pain of forfeiting any sum not exceeding ten pounds. $111.
The quays of the company to be legal quays.The quays and wharfs of the said company shall be deemed and taken to be to all intents and purposes legal quays and wharfs for the landing, relanding, and discharging, lading, and shipping of any goods, wares, and merchandize whatsoever, any statute, law, usage, or custom of the city of London or elsewhere to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding; and all goods, wares, and merchandize whatsoever which shall be landed or shipped upon or from the quays or wharfs so made or built, shall be subject and liable to such and ihe like tolls, duties, dues, and customs, and to the like regulations respectively, as if the same were landed upon or shipped from the present legal quays within the city of London, or as if the quays or wharfs so made or built were situate within the said city. $ 112.
Docks, &c. to be deemed part of the port of London.-All the docks, basins, entrances, locks, cuts, outlets, inlets, and other the premises of the said company, shall be deemed and held to be situate within and part of the port of London, and the rights and privileges which belong to the said port of London shall extend to the said docks, &c.; and that all ships and vessels entering into or loading or unloading in the said docks, &c and all goods, wares, merchandize, and other things which shall be loaded or unloaded in or shall pass through the same, and all owners and masters of ships, merchants, and others resorting thereto, shall be subject to the several regulations and liable to the several duties to which they are subject or liable in the port of London. § 113.
Company may land goods in case of neglect of entry at the Customhouse for seven days.—If any goods, &c. which shall be brought into any of the said docks on board of any ship, shall not be duly entered with the customs, within seven days next after the ship shall have been reported at the Custom-house, it shall be lawful for the proper officer of the company on the next ensuing day to cause such goods to be forthwith landed and warehoused in the presence and under locks of the officers of the revenue, who are to take a true and particular account of the quantity, quality, and species thereof; and in case the duties on such goods shall not be paid within sir calendar months next after such report, the commissioners of customs may sell and dispose of such goods, or any part thereof, to answer the duties thereon, rendering the overplus, if any, of the monies arising by such sale, after payment of any rates, charges, or expenses which may be due to the said combany, to the proprietor or consignee of such goods: provided always, hat if a price camot be obtained for such goods equal to the full nount of the duties of customs and the charges of the sale thereof, ueh goods shall be effectually destroyed, or otherwise be sold and lisposed of, in such manner and for such purposes, and under such ules, &c. as the commissioners of his Majesty's treasury shall direct. 114.
The company may forbid vessels to break bulk until the whole of the argo has been duly entered.— The directors of the said company, or heir proper officer, whenever they shall see occasion, (with the approation and consent of the principal officer of the revenue on duty at he said doeks,) may forbid any ship or vessel to break bulk, or to land ay part of the cargo, until the whole shall have been duly entered at de Custom-house ; and any master who shall break bulk, or land any art of the cargo after notice from such officer of the said company with such approbation and consent as aforesaid) not to do so, shall prfeit any sum not exceeding twenty pounds. $ 115.
Company may pass entries when the owners of goods neglect or reuse to pass them.--And in order to remedy any inconvenience from he neglect or delay of the owners or consignees of ships and their argoes in making or passing due entries for such cargoes or some part hereof; be it further enacted, that whenever the dispatch of business ball be obstructed by any such neglect or delay, it shall be lawful for ae said company to cause a warehousing entry to be passed for the argo, &c. of any ship within the said docks, &e. for which an entry hall not have been made by the owner or consignee within forty-eight ours from the day on which the cargo of such ship shall have been ported at the Custom-house ; provided it be such as by law may be archoused ; and the expense of such entry shall be reimbursed to he said company by the owner or consignee of the cargo, &c. so enred, and shall and may be recoverable in the like manner as the rates, e. due to the said company : provided that no cargo nor any part of ny cargo entered by the said company as aforesaid shall be liable to izure by reason of any inaccuracy in the passing of any such entry,
it shall appear to the commissioners of customs that such inacuraey was not intentional, or occasioned by wilful or culpable neglienee. $116.
For goods not allowed to be warehoused, see 6 Geo. IV.
c. 107. § 53. Part II. Regulation Act. The company authorized to employ persons to discharge cargoes.And whereas inconvenient and unnecessary delay may occur in the ischarging of the cargoes of ships in the said docks, &c. from the adequacy, &c. of the persons employed for that purpose by the wners or masters, and also from the negligence or default of the asters, &c. to the great hinderance of the general business of the said ocks ; be it further enacted, that whenever such delay shall take place
discharging the cargo of any ship within any of the said docks, &c. ither from the inadequacy, insufficiency, or improper conduct of the ersons employed for that purpose, or from the negligence or default f the master or other person having the command of such ship, the irectors, or the proper officer in that behalf, may cause to be employed sufficient number of fit and proper persons to discharge or assist in scharging the cargo of such ship, and to make a reasonable charge »x the same upon the owner or consignee of such ship, to be recovered 1 the same form and by the same remedies as are appointed and given