Merchant Shipping Act 1894

2Obligation to register British ships

(1)Every British ship shall, unless exempted from registry, be registered under this Act.

(2)If a ship required by this Act to be registered is not registered under this Act she shall not be recognised as a British ship.

(3)A ship required by this Act to be registered may be detained until the master of the ship, if so required, produces the certificate of the registry of the ship.