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The ferry-men to give strict attention, &c.
The owners, &c. of ferries, entitled to the emoluments.
The fares stated by the general assembly, may be received, and noother,
A post with the fare thereon be kert to at each ferry,
for the safe and speedy transportation of passengers, their teams, cattle, horses or other creatures; and said boat, boats or scows, shall, at all times, be well furnished with suitable oars, and other implements necessary for the service, and also with men of sufficient number, strength, discretion and skill, to manage the same ; and there shall be erected at each ferry, and at all times kept in good repair, all necessary wharves at the places of embarking and landing, that passengers, their teams, cattle, horses and other creatures, may be embarked and landed, without danger, or unnecessary delay. sect. 3. The ferry-men employed to manage the ferry-boats and scows, and tend the ferry, shall, at the ferries, for which they are respectively employed, give constant and diligent attention to that business, from sunrise, until nine of the clock at night, from the first of April to the first of October, in each year, and until eight of the clock at night, from the first of October to the first of April; and shall not deny or delay, the speedy carrying over of any passenger, his team, cattle, horses or other creatures. Provided, that no ferry-man be compellable to put off from shore, or attempt to pass any ferry, when it manifestly appears to be hazardous so to do, by reason of any storm, tempest or ice. sect. 4. The owner or owners, keeper or keepers of any ferry, authorized and established by law, and kept agreeably to this act, shall have the exclusive privilege of the transportation across the same, of all passengers, their teams, horses. cattle, and other property, from the place where such ferry is established, to every other ferry-place, or usual place of landing, and be entitled to all the fare by law arising therefrom. Provided, that nothing herein contained, shall be construed, to prevent any person from passing such ferry, in his own, or his neighbors’ boats, or canoes, on his or their own business. sect. 5. The fares that are, or may be stated and fixed, by the general assembly, for each ferry, and no other, may be demanded and received, for the transportation of any persons, their teams, cattle, horses and other property over the same ; and every ferry-man, or other person employed at a ferry, that shall demand and take more than the sare so stated and fixed, shall forfeit the sum of three dollars, to any informer, who shall sue for and recover the same ; in the trial whereof no appeal shall be allowed. sect. 6. On each side of every river, or body of water, where a ferry is, or may be authorised, and established, there shall be fixed a post, with the several fares, allowed by law for such ferry, written thereon in large letters, so near the place, where passengers enter the
boat, used for such ferry, that the same, with the writing
on forfeiture of e fare.
The senate to appoint two commissioners for each serry;
may order repairs &c. by select-men of towns, in a limited time.
On failure of towns to make repairs, the coininissionets to make them, and exhibit their account to the county court, to be allowed and recovered against the towns.
and prescribe the number of ferry-men for each boat.
Towns to furnish them ; or commissioners may, at their expense.
The ferries of New-London, Saybrook and Middletown, to be furnished with two boats.
Penalty on ferry-man, for neglect ofduty.
Proviso in relation to Middletown ferry.
The ferry of
Middletown to be kept by the Colchester and Chatham turnpike company.
pired, or until he shall be restored by said commissioners; and said town or towns, shall thereupon employ another man, to attend said ferry: and the number of ferrymen to attend each boat, shall be prescribed by the commissioners. And in case the said town or towns, when notified as aforesaid, shall not forthwith employ another, or a suitable number of ferry-men, it shall be the duty of the commissioners to employ one, or a suitable number, at the expence of such town or towns, so long as such town or towns continue in such neglect ; and such expence shall be liquidated and recovered in manner aforesaid. sect. 9. At each of the ferries of New-London, Saybrook and Middletown, and at all others, that are, or may be, so directed, by the general assembly, two good and sufficient boats, shall be constantly kept, for the use of the same ; and for the more speedy accommodation of passengers, the ferry-men employed at those ferries, shall not suffer both the boats, to lie at the same time, on one side of the ferry, but as soon as one boat has crossed such ferry, the other boat shall immediately put off, and go to the other side, whether there be any passengers ready to go over or not, unless the other boat shall immediately return ; and when any passengers are waiting on the other side of the ferry, after the boat from that side has put off, the other ferry-boat shall immediately put off to carry over the passengers; and if any ferry-man or ferrymen, shall neglect to conform to the true intent and meaning of this section, he or they, forevery such offence, or neglect, shall forfeit and pay the sum of three dollars, to any person who shall sue for and prosecute the same, to effect. Provided nevertheless, that at the ferry at Middletown, during stormy, tempestuous weather, and at flood time, one boat only shall be used, which shall be manned by all the men belonging to both boats, and shall be regularly and vigilantly attended. sect. 10. The ferry across Connecticut river, between the towns of Middletown and Chatham, shall be kept and maintained exclusively, by the Colchester and Chatham turnpike company; and the said company shall have and possess the said ferry, with all its appurtenances and privileges, in as full and ample a manner as they have been heretofore possessed and enjoyed, by the town of Middletown ; and said company shall become bound, in the sum of two thousand dollars, with surety, to the acceptance of the treasurer of this state, to keep and maintain said ferry, as is in this act provided : and in addition to the accommodations before in this act, prescribed for ferries, the said turnpike company, shall, at all times, provide a ferry-house, sufficient for the acccommodation of those, who attend said ferry, on each side of said ferry, and near thereto, with sufficient land for landing-places, and everything necessary and convenient for the transportation of carriages and stages over said ferry. Provided, that the said turnpike company,
in lieu of the two boats herein before prescribed, to be
kept at said ferry, may, if they deem it expedient, provide
One horseboat, may be kept, in lieu of two ferryboats.
Saybrook ferry to be kept by the towns of Saybrook and Lyme.
The west side to be kept by Saybrook.
The east side to be kept by Lyme.
Compensation of the commissioners.
Fares of ferries stated. New-London, Middletown, Chapman's, Brockway's, Warner's, Higganum's, Haddam-island, East-Haddam, Middle-Haddam.
may receive all the fare and emoluments, accruing for the