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SECOND SESSION

OF THE SECOND CONGRESS

OF THE
United States of America,
BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA,

In the State of Pennsylvania,
On Monday the Fifth of November,

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CHAPTER I.
An Act concerning the Registering and Record-

ing of Ships or Vessels.
1. D E it enačied by the Senate and House

O of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That
ships or vessels, which ihail have been re-
gistered by virtue of the act, intitled,
“ An act for registering and clearing vessels, shall be
regulating the coasting trade, and for other
purposes, and those which after the last day States;
of March next, shall be registered, pursuant
to this act, and no other (except such as shall
be duly qualified, according to law, for car-
rying on the coasting trade and fisheries, or one
of them) shall be denominated and deemed
ships or vessels of the United States, entitled
to the benefits and privileges appertaining to
such ships or vessels; Provided, That they privileges

e to enjoy the Thall not continue to enjoy the same, longer only while than they shall continue to be wholly owned, by citizens

owned, &c. and to be commanded by a citizen or citizens of U, S. of the said states.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacled, That ships or vessels built within the United States, · whether before, or after, the fourth of July,

to this on next, shall be reader the last day the United

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What Tips one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, or vessels may be re- and belonging wholly to a citizen or citizens gistered. thereof, or not built within the said states,

but on the fixteenth day of May, in the year one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine, belonging, and thenceforth continuing to belong to a citizen or citizens thereof, and ships or vessels, which may hereafter be captured in war, by such citizen or citizens, and law. fully condemned as prize, or which have been or may be adjudged to be forfeited for a breach of the laws of the United States, being wholly owned by a citizen or citizens thereof, and no other, may be registered as

herein after directed : Provided, That no such Registry, ship or vessel shall be entitled to be so regis

dts tered, or if registered, to the benefits thereof, actual sefi- if owned in whole, or in part, by any citizen dents,

of the United States, who usually resides in a foreign country, during the continuance of

such residence, unless such citizen be in the unless in capacity of a conful of the United States, or capacity of an agent for, and a partner in, some house of Sent for a trade or co-partnership, consisting of citizens house of of the said states actually carrying on trade trade.

within the said states : And provided further, That no ship or vessel, built within the United States, prior to the said sixteenth day of May, which was not then owned wholly, or in part, by a citizen or citizens of the United States, shall be capable of being registered, by virtue of any transfer to a citizen or citizens, which may hereafter be made, unless by way of prize or forfeiture: Provided nevertheless, That this shall not be construed to prevent the register. ing anew, of any ship or vessel, which was before registered, pursuant to the act before mentioned.

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Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That eve

By whom ry ship or vessel, hereafter to be registered and

Tegntered registered. (except as is herein after provided) ihall be registered by the collector of the district in which shall be comprehended the port to which such ship or vefsel shall belong, at the time of her registry, which port shall be deemed to be that, at or nearest to which, the own. er, if there be but one, or if more than one, the husband or acting and managing owner of such ship or vessel, usually resides. And the ships name of the said ship or vessel, and of the veiles

in naine, &c. port to which she shall so belong, shall be pain. 10 ted on her stern, on a black ground, in whire ted on the letters, of not less than three inches in length. And if any ship or vessel of the United States, shall be found, without having her name, and the name of the port, to which she belongs, painted in manner aforesaid, the owner or

forfeiture owners fhall forfeit fifty dollars ; one half to oa neglect the person giving the information thereof, the therevf. other half to the use of the United States.

Sec. 4. And be it further crafted, That in Re order to the registry of any ship or vesel, an how to be oath or affirmation shall be taken and subscri- obtained; bed by the owner, or by one of the owners fullance thereof, before the officer authorized to make of the cath

to be taken such registry, who is hereby empowered to lclore seadminister the fame, declaring, according to giftering the best of the knowledge and belief of the person so swearing or afirining, the name of such ship or veslel, her burihen, the place where she was built, if built within the United States, and the year in which he was built ; and if built within the United States, before the said sixteenth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, that she was then owned wholly, or in part, by a citizen

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