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moored. Ships, however, which are not laying at a jetty, will be allowed to employ one boat during the legal hours of business, which boat must be chained by the company's officers to the north bank as soon as that time has expired. . Any boats found afloat in any of the docks or basins, contrary to these regulations, will be removed by the dock-master, and will be detained until the charges occasioned by such removal shall be paid.
IMPORT Dock. ; No person whatever can be allowed to remain in this dock after the established hours of business : nor can any person be permitted to have access to vessels therein, excepting the owner, master, or chief officer, without a pass. ... Passes will be given on the application of the captain or chief mate, to admit the ship's apprentices, or other persons, to prepare the ship for discharging, or to do any other work which may be unavoidably necessary; but, to prevent the abuses which sometimes occur, it is strongly recommended that the company's labourers be employed.
Ships discharging.- Previously to any ship being quayed the decks must be cleared,* and every thing prepared to begin working out the cargo. If, through want of proper tackle, or any neglect, a ship be not in readiness to take her turn, another will be quayed in the mean time:
The master must deliver a correct list of all articles of baggageti or presents to the company's officer at the baggage warehouse, with proper directions for the delivery thereof. Masters are particularly cautioued against signing blank manifests, or allowing themselves to be influenced by the importunity of brokers ; and it is most desirable that one broker only should be appointed for each ship.
An officer of the revenue is authorized to forward all despatches for the departments of government; packets so addressed will therefore be delivered into his charge, unless the company receive express directions to the contrary.
Packages of bullion or specie (whether cargo or private property) must be delivered by the captain, under his own responsibility; the delivery of goods overside will also rest with him, and he must take 1 such steps as he may think necessary, to prevent detention from the non-attendance of craft and the want of sufficient hands to stow them, or to protect his owners in respect to their freight, and against any claim for damage or plunder which may take place before they reach their destination
Leaky ships may be lightened in the Blackwall basin; they may also be hauled in to discharge at the quay in the morning, and put into
* Every master or other person having the command of any ship or vessel, who shall not properly clear the deck by stowing away such articles as impede the delivery of the cargo, shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding five pounds.
+ See minute of the commissioners of the customs, 6th of August, 1822, in Part I. Chap. VIII. Passengers.
Bullion and diamonds may be landed without report entry or warrant. See Regulation Act, 6 Geo. IV. c. 107.9 2. PART II.
Š Owners requiring an abstract of their ship’s cargo, or any proportion thereof, for the purpose of making up their freight accounts, will be furnished with the same, together with an abstract of the certificates of damage, when required, at the following rate :-each abstract, containing the weights or quantities of 10 marks or parcels, or under, 28.; of 11 to 20 ditto, 3s. 6d.; upwards of 20 ditto, each mark or parcel 2d., but not to exceed 10s. 6d.
the basin at night; the master or owner must; in such cases, sign an engagement to pay the expense of such extra labour, and to be answerable for all damage that may arise therefroms pot into w teuin tend
When a ship is finally discharged and moored in the Export Dock, or either of the basins, for the purpose of going out to the river, all the services provided for in the Import Rate are completed.
111: For the more expeditious discharge of vessels, or despatch in reloading, * every assistance will be given in clearing the decks, or stiffening them ; coopering water casks, and shipping them when filled; elearing the hold after discharge'; shipping and stowing the outward cargo, under the directions of the ship's officers ; and any other services which can be reasonably required. Should the company's morable machinery be desired, it will be lent upon application to the principal dock-master. The following charges will be made for such services:
1-d. : For labourers hired to work under the directions of the com-1
manding officer of the ship, each man per day, of the site
36 Articles loaded, shipped, or struck down by the dock cranes" !!! Jeif or jiggers, under two tons ....
10 Two tons and under five tons (and not less than one ton to T be charged) ...
· per toir 198 Moveable machinery lent, each jigger with its gear . : per day 100 The use of the floating engine for washing ships, including
the attendance of the man in chargé (and not 'less than 1!" one day to be charged) ...
..... per day 20 0 EXPORT AND South Docks. All vessels entering or lying in these docks are in charge of the masters and owners; and it is the duty of the pilots, or officers and crews, to transport their respective vessels, under their own responsibility, as directed by the dock-master, to or from the river, and to or from any part of the docks or basins.
Light ships on entering from the river must be provided with suffi-cient hands to dock and transport them, and should move in due time into the dock; otherwise they will be removed by the dock-master, and the owners charged with the expense.
Vessels discharging their inward cargoes in these docks will be regarded as privileged ships, and all transporting within the docks will be performed by the dock-master, assisted by the crew, gratuitously, but unless there are sufficient crew on board to assist in transporting the outward bound ships they will not be moved.
Whenever assistance is required by other vessels, it will be furnished by the dock-master on the following terms, viz.A boat with warp and two hands..
10s. Od. Do. and four hands.
15s. Od. And for every additional hand, employed, either on board or in the boats, 6d. per hour.
The warps are only lent in aid of the ship's warps.
Ships taking in cargoes will be moored at the quays in due rotation. Light ships not taking in goods shall be moored in either of the docks or basins, as the dock-masters may judge convenient.
While ships are laying at or moving to or from the quay, all out. riggers should be got in and made snug; and sails are by no means to be loose while só moving.
No ship must be removed from her birth without notice being given to the dock-master, and his assent as to the time of removal being obtained.
Craft must be fastened to the ships from which they are receiving, or to which they may be delivering goods : the charge upon craft which shall not be bonâ fide* so engaged, will be the same as the rent upon sloops and craft coastwise, and, as usual, not less than one week's rent will be charged. To obviate any doubt as to the time for which they may be fairly entitled to exemption, twenty-four hours will be allowed, from the time of entering the dock, for receiving goods, and twenty-four hours after being loaded or discharged, for going out of the docks.
Convenient receptacles on the quays and craft are provided, wherein all dust, ashes, &c. are to be deposited, and which shall be cleared by the persons appointed by the company, and by no one else.
- No vessel shall be permitted to take in ballast after day.light, or before day-break.
Ships' provisions or stores cannot be permitted to pass the gates without an order signed by the captain or owner.
No repair or calking can be permitted without the special permission of the court of directors, to whom application should be made through the principal dock-master.
The jetties.-Ships landing cargoes in the South Dock, or taking in goods by land, shall have the preferable use of the jetties.
Ships which are fitting out, but have not commenced loading, shall be accommodated as far as possible ; but such ships must be removed to make rooin for vessels about to discharge or take in cargo by land.
In other respects, preference will be given to ships intended for sale, over those which are merely laying up; and as between ships which are similarly circumstanced, the priority of their entering the dock shall determine the preference.
Fire and candle.t-Vessels in these docks shall be considered as forming three classes, viz.
1. Vessels actually discharging, having their crews on board, or loading outwards.
2. Vessels rigging or fitting out, but which shall not have commenced taking in goods.
3. Vessels for sale or laying up.
To each of these classes special licences will be granted. Every such licence will express the place in which fire may be kept, and the circumstances under which it may be used ; upon the slightest infringement of the conditions, the penalty prescribed by law will be rigidly enforced.
Any lighter, barge, or other craft, either after having any goods taken or unladen thereout, or which shall enter for the purpose or under pretext of taking or carrying goods out of the docks, or any other pretext whatsoever, which shall remain longer therein than twenty-four hours, must be removed, under a penalty of forty skillings for the first twenty-four hours, and twenty shillings for
every further period of twenty-four hours during which any such lighter, barge, or craft shall remain after notice given.
+ See the act.
Every application for a licence must be made by the master or owner, specifying the names and capacity of the persons in charge of the ship, and engaging to be responsible for their attention to the regulations.
Opening and shutting the gates.--The gates of the Erport and Suth Docks will be opened at six o'clock in the morning and shut at eight o'clock in the evening, from the 1st of March to the 10th of November; and from the 11th of November to the last day of February, opened at eight in the morning and shut at seven in the evening.
Captains and mates may be furnished with tickets upon applying at the police office at the Import Dock, which will entitle them to admission till nine o'clock p. m., but no person whatever can be allowed to go out after the hour for closing the gates.
Vessels about to leare the docks.-Export vessels should be hauled out in sufficient time to be at the river locks, at Blackwall, at low water, or two hours before high water, at the latest; to prevent the inconvenience of hauling down the Blackwall Basin or South Dock during the time that other vessels are requiring admission, which must have the preference.
Vessels can only be let ont after high water, upon the special request of the officers in charge of them.
Ships going into the river must use their own ropes, as they are out of the dock-master's charge when clear of the outer gates.
Notice. Two true copies of the manifest of the cargo must be delivered into the general office, at the West India Dock-house, within twelve hours after every vessel shall enter the docks, or after the cargo shall have been reported at the Custom-house, which shall first happen. Penalty for refusal or neglect, any sum not exceeding five pounds.
No manifests will be required for ships discharging by their own CTEWS.
No ships can receive their rotation, or be allowed to break bulk until their cargoes are duly entered, and such cargoes will be landed in due. succession, according to the strict order in which the manifests are delivered at the general office, after being certified by the company's officer at the Custom-house, as to such entries being completed.
If such manifest, or bill of lading, or copy, shall be false, or if any bill of lading be uttered by any master, and the goods expressed therein slrall not have been bona fide shipped on board such ship, or if any bill of lading uttered or produced by any master shall not have been signed by him, or any such copy shall not have been received or made by him previously to his leaving the place where the goods expressed in such bill of lading, or copy, were shipped, penalty one hundred pounds. 6 Geo. IV. c. 107, § 10. Part II. Regulation Act.
In all cases not specified or provided for, in the foregoing rules and orders, application must be made to the principal dock-master.
CHARLES C. Parish,
Principal Dock Master. The foregoing regulations approved and confirmed by the Court of Directors of the West India Dock Company.
11. LONGLANDS, Wist India Dock House,
August 26, 1831.
Ships entering the West India Docks are permitted to retain their crews on board, when required by the owners; and the directors have fitted up the ship Waterloo, in the South Dock, for the accommodation of junior officers and apprentices, while their ships are discharging their cargoes in the Import Dock.
The captains, officers, and crews of ships are requested not to give. either wine, spirits, or grog, to the servants of the company, as by so. doing they expose them to the certain and immediate forfeiture of their situations.
No fee, perquisite, or reward, of any kind or denomination whatsoever, is to be taken by the company's officers, or any persons who shall be employed in the service of the company, for any act done within the docks. Penalty, forfeiture of the sum taken, and any sum not exceeding five pounds for each offence.
1 Supply of for shipping :-
d. If received in boats or craft, at Blackwall Basin, per tun.. 1 0 If taken to the ship by the company's servants, per tun, . 1 6
a If filled by ditto into casks or tanks, on shipboard, per tun 2 0
N. B.-The Tables Of Rates for Landing Goods and Rent, &c. being subject to alterations are not given here, as they can be had, gratis, on application at the West India Dock Office, Billiter square.