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Certain vessels, not erceeding thirty tons, not required to be piloted.Nothing to extend to oblige the master of any ship outward-bound, after she has been piloted out of the said port or harbour and river over the said bar, to employ any pilot or hobler to conduct such ship to cross or pass further out at sea, nor to oblige the master of any ship in the limestone trade or other coasting trade inward or outward-bound, whether laden or unladen, (so that any such ship in the limestone trade do not exceed thirty tons, and in the coasting trade do not exceed twenty tons, by admeasurement, to be ascertained by the register thereof,) to employ or make use of any pilot or hobler :—Provided that nothing shall extend to prevent any owner, part owner, master, or mate of, or any person belonging to any ship inward-bound, notwithstanding such ship shall exceed the burthen of thirty tons, from conducting or piloting the ship to which he shall belong into and up the said port or barbour and river of Neath, in case none of the said river pilots shall be ready and offer to conduct and pilot the same, nor to prevent or hinder any person or persons from assisting any ship in distress. $2.

Pilots, &c. subject to certain rules and by-laws.—Every person who shall be licensed as a river pilot, river hobler, or porter, shall be subject to the several clauses, regulations, and provisions in this act contained, and to such orders, rules, and by-laws, as shall be made in pursuance hereof. § 3.

Commissioners may suspend pilots, &c.—The commissioners, by writing under their hands, may at any time suspend, discontinue, or vacaie the licence granted to any river pilot, who shall refuse or neglect to take the charge or conduct of any ship, or to any river hobler, who shall refuse or neglect to assist or help any ship, or to any such porter who shall refuse or neglect to land or carry any goods or merchandize ; or whoever of them shall behave improperly in the discharge of his duty, on such refusal, neglect, or improper conduct being made a subject of complaint by any person aggrieved to the said commissioners. $ 4.

Who to be commissioners.*--And all acts authorized or directed to be done by thein, may be done by any five or more of them, (being the major part assembled at their respective meetings,) and the same shall be as valid and effectual as if done and executed by all the said commissioners, unless otherwise as hereinafter particularly directed. $ 5.

Meeting of commissioners.—The commissioners to meet together on the second Wednesday in every month, and may also adjourn such meeting to any future time, to be held at the Ship and Castle Inn, or at any other suitable and convenient place as they or the major part of them at such meeting shalı appoint; and every commissioner who may be a justice of the peace of the county of Glamorgan may act as a justice in the execution of this act, notwithstanding his being a commis. sioner, except only in such cases where he may be personally concerned or interested. $ 6.

Pilots, &c. to assist king's ships in preference to others.—Every river pilot and hobler shall at all times afford every assistance in his power to any ships on his Majesty's service, and when any of them shall, by signal or otherwise, appear to be in want of a pilot or hohler, shall go to pilot and assist such ships in preference to any other ship or vessel

* These are the several owners of the Briton ferry estate, the Gnoll estate, the Neath Abbey estate, and others.

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whatsoever; and in case any river pilot shall refuse or neglect to take the charge or conduct of any of his Majesty's ships, or any other ship or vessel whatsoever, or any river hobler shall refuse or neglect to help and assist the same, upon a proper signal being made, or a gun fired by any ship inward-bound, or at the request of the master, commander, owner, agent, or consignee of any ship outward-bound; or if any such river pilot or hobler shall refuse or neglect to give every assistance in his power to any ship in distress, or in want of any extra assistance, or shall have misbehaved himself in the conduct of or assistance to any ship, or shall (without some reasonable excuse) refuse to obey any summons of the commissioners, or to obey such orders as shall be made at their meetings, every such pilot shall forfeit any sum not exceeding five pounds, and not less than ten shillings; and every such hobler not exceeding forty shillings, and not less than five shillings. Commissioners may suspend or break such pilot; acting afterwards, penalty five pounds. 8 12.

Commissioners to settle the rates. — No greater rates shall be demanded or taken by any river pilots, hoblers, or porters, than what shall be from time to time ascertained, fixed, and settled by the commissioners; notwithstanding which all persons shall be at liberty to employ their servants, workmen, horses, and carriages in the carriage of their goods and merchandize to and from any ship or vessel in the said harbour, at their own proper risk and costs. § 13.

Commissioners may alter and vary such rates. $ 14.

Rewards for assisting ships in distress, and pilotage for extra distance.-As an encouragement to the pilots and hoblers to ply out at sea, in case any ship shall be met with in distress by any of the said pilots and hoblers, and shall be assisted by them, or their boat, then such compensation shall be made as shall be determined by the commissioners; and if any agreement for such extraordinary assistance shall have been made, such agreement shall be null and void ; or in case any ship shall, at the particular request of the master, &c. be piloted or assisted into the said port or harbour and river, from any further distance than what may have been provided for, such pilot, &c. shall be paid for such extra pilotage and assistance such sum as the commissioners shall order and direct. § 15.

Masters refusing pilots, pilotage still to be paid.-In case the master of any ship, outward or inward-bound, shall refuse to take on board and employ one of the said river pilots who shall offer his service, (except such ships as are mentioned in sect. 2, and vessels under thirty tons with manure,) such master shall pay the pilot who first or who only shall offer his service, and shall be so refused, the full pilotage which such master would have been subject to pay if the said pilot had been received and employed, together with the expenses to be incurred in the recovery of the same.

Pilots leading the way to be entitled to half pilotage.--In case any ship shall be in want of a pilot, and none of the said pilots can be procured, and there shall be a pilot on board any other vessel passing into or out of the said port or harbour and river, such pilot may lead the way for, and conduct the ship so in want of a pilot either into or out of the said port or harbour and river, or so far in her course until another river pilot can be obtained ; and the master of every such ship shall be liable to the payment of one half, or such a proportion, according to the distance such ship shall have been piloted, of the said rates of pilotage, as he would have been liable to if the pilot had act'ally been

$ 16.

on board such ship, as shall be fixed and settled by the commissioners. $ 17.

Ships forced back to pay not exceeding one half of the rates.In case any ship which shall have been piloted out of the said port or harbour of Neath shall be forced back by storm or otherwise, after having, by the consent of the master of such ship, parted with such pilot and hobler, and shall be conducted by such master into any part of the said port or harbour, and such master shall afterwards employ any of the said river pilots and hoblers to conduct such ship out, then such a proportion, not exceeding one half of the full sum, shall be paid for such pilotage and assistance, as is hereby directed to be taken for pilotage and assistance outward, as shall be settled by the commissioners. § 18.

Outward-bound ships to be piloted to a distance to be settled by commissioners.—Every river pilot who shall take upon himself the charge of any ship about to sail out of the said port, &c. is required to take charge of such ship at her moorings in the dock, or by the quay, wharf, or other place within the said port, &c. and to conduct such ship so far out to sea as shall be directed by the commissioners in their orders ; and if any river pilot or hobler, after he is engaged to serve, shall presume to quit any ship without the consent of the master, until she shall have cleared the said bar of Neath, such pilot, &c. shall forfeit the pilotage and hobling which, on their duly performing their duty, they would have been entitled unto; and shall forfeit any sum not exceeding ten pounds, and not less than five pounds. $ 19.

Places to which inward-bound ships are to be piloted.--Every pilot and hobler who shall pilot any ship into the said port shall take the same as high as Neath-bridge, or to such other place of delivery below the said bridge as the master shall require ; but if the tide will not allow thereof, then to moor her in a proper situation, without being paid any other rate than such as shall be fixed for piloting and assisting such ship, &c. into the said port or harbour and river; and in case the attendance of any such pilot or hobler shall be required to take care of such ship from such first mooring, and to conduct her to her place of delivery, the pilot and hobler that shall have brought the said ship to such mooring, or some other of the said pilots and hoblers, (to be by the said pilot or the said master procured,) shall attend and shall be paid for unmooring, transporting, and removing such ship at her delivering berth, according to the discretion of the commissioners, by a rate to be fixed by them for that purpose. § 20.

Persons liable to pilotage.--Every person taking or appearing to take upon himself the charge, agency, or consignment of any ship chargeable with the respective rates for pilotage and hobling, and extra attendances, shall be accountable to such pilot, &c. for such rates as shall be due for such pilotage and hobling, outward or inward, according to the rates fixed by the commissioners, and the same may be levied by distress and sale, in manner hereinafter mentioned, upon any of the goods, merchandize, or effects of the person so taking or appearing to taxe upon himself the charge of such ship, after the expiration of three days from the day on which such pilotage, &c. shall have been demanded. $ 21.

On non-payment of rate, commissioners may distrain. If the rates of pilotage, hobling, and porterage are not paid in three days from the time demanded, the commissioners may distrain any of the goods, &c. guns, tackle, ammunition, furniture, or other things belonging to the vessel, and detain the same for the said rates and the charges of such seizure, and if not paid in seven days from such seizure they may be sold, rendering the surplus to the owner, &c. on demand. $ 22.

Masters taking away pilots to sea.—The master of any ship on board of which any pilot or hobler shall be forcibly or through stress of weather unavoidably carried to sea, beyond the limits prescribed by the commissioners, shall pay such pilot the same wages as shall be payable to the mate of such ship, and to every hobler the same wages as shall be payable to the foremast men of such ship, over and above the rate of pilotage and hobling which they shall be entitled to as pilot of such ship; if the pilot be forcibly carried to sea beyond the limits, otherwise than through stress of weather, the master to forfeit any suin not exceeding ten pounds. § 23.

Commissioners may lessen duties. $ 30.
Commissioners to have the management of buoys, &c. $31.

Power to direct the mooring, &c.— The commissioners are empowered from time to time to order any person having the command of any ship entering into or lying within the said port or harbour and river or Neath, to lie and moor at such place as they shall assign or direct; on neglect or refusal the commissioners may cause such ship to slack down and to be unmoored, removed, and moored in such berth as they may think proper, and the expense of such removal shall be paid by such commander, to be recovered by distress of the said ship, &c. and the master shall also forfeit any sum not exceeding five pounds. $ 32.

But not to hinder the mooring of ships near the place of lodding or unloading.–Nothing to extend to authorize the commissioners to prevent or hinder any ship from proceeding to, and lying and mooring at or as near as reasonably may be to any wharf or bank where such ship intends to discharge her ballast, or to load or unload her cargo, or any part thereof. § 33.

Rights of the Trinity-house preserved.-Notning in this act shall be construed to extend to the taking away, abridging, or defeating, impeaching, or interrupting any of the jurisdictions, powers, authorities, or imrnunities, granted, given, and allowed by any act of parliament, grant, or charter, to the master, wardens, and assistants of the guild, fraternity, or brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity, and of Saint Clement, in the parish of Deptford Strond, in the county of Kent. § 35.

Commissioners empowered to make by-laws.—The commissioners may make such orders, rules, and hy-laws, for the better government and regulation of the pilots, hoblers, and porters; the management, owning, manning, working, plying, navigating, building, and keeping in a proper state of repair and condition the pilot boats to be employed by such pilots, and touching the rates to be paid to them, &c. as shall appear necessary; and also to repeal and alter such rules, &c. as to the said commissioners shall seem meet, and to impose reasonable pecuniary fines, &c. not exceeding forty shillings for any one offence, for the nonobservance or breach of any of such rules, &c.; and they are to cause the said rules, &c. with the rates of pilotage, hobling, and porterage, &c. to be from time to time printed, distributed, and rendered as conspicuous as may be; but not to be repugnant to the laws of the realm. § 36 and 37.

By-laws, &c. not to be altered unless fourteen days' notice be given for that purpose. $ 41.

Two justices of the peace to hear and determine offences. § 42.

For compelling the attendance of witnesses-Persons not attending to forfeit £10. $ 43.

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