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Merchant Shipping Law Amendment Act 1853

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XXXIIIAnd whereas it is expedient to prevent the undue Assumption of the British Flag and National Character: Be it enacted, That if any Person or Persons use the British Flag and assume the British National Character on board any Ship, owned in whole or in part by any Persons not being entitled by Law to own British Ships and navigate them under British Colours and Papers, for the Purpose of making such Ship appear to be a British Ship, it shall be lawful for any Officer on Full Pay in the Naval Service of Her Majesty, or any Officer of Customs, to seize and detain such Ship on the High Seas or in any British Port, and to bring her for Adjudication before the High Court of Admiralty or any Vice-Admiralty Court in Her Majesty's Dominions.

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