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Merchant Shipping Law Amendment Act 1853

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So much of 7 & 8 Vict. c.112 as to Wages, instead of being paid at once, to be given to the Queen's Officer on account of the Seaman, repealed.

XXXVSo much of the Fifty-first Section of the Act of the Eighth Year of Her present Majesty, Chapter One hundred and twelve, as requires the proportionate Amount of the Wages of any Seaman who quits his Ship and enters Her Majesty's Naval Service, up to the Time of such Entry, to be paid to him thereupon, shall be repealed; and in all such Cases such proportionate Amount of Wages shall be paid as follows ; that is to say, the Master of the said Ship shall pay the same, either in Money or by Bill drawn upon the Owner and payable at sight, to the Officer in command of Her Majesty's Ship into which the Seaman enters; and the Receipt of such Officer shall be a Discharge for the Money or Bill so given; and if such Wages are paid in Money, such Money shall be credited in the Muster Book of the Ship to the Account of the said Seaman, and if such Wages are paid by Bill, such Bill shall be sent home to the Accountant General of Her Majesty's Navy, who shall present the same or cause the same to be presented for Payment, and shall credit the Produce thereof to the Account of the said Seaman; and such Money or Produce, as the Case may be, shall be paid to the said Seaman at the Time when the Wages of the Crew of the Ship into which he enters are paid; provided that no Officer who receives any such Bill as aforesaid shall be subject to any Liability in respect thereof, except for the safe Custody thereof until sent to the said Accountant General as aforesaid; and if any such Bill is not duly paid when presented, the Seaman on whose Behalf the same is given may sue thereon, or may recover the Wages due to him by all or any of the same Means by which Wages due to Merchant Seamen are recoverable.

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