Legislation on the slave trade
Legislation on the slave trade

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54° Georgii III. Cap. LIX

An Act to allow Ships taken and condemned for being used in carrying on the Slave Trade to be registered as British-built Ships.

[27th May 1814.]

Ships condemned for Breach of Laws relating to Slave Trade entitled to Privileges of Prize Ships.

'WHEREAS it is expedient that Ships and Vessels condemned for Breach of any Law now in force relating to the Slave Trade should be entitled to all the Privileges and Advantages of British Ships, in like manner in every respect as Ships and Vessels taken and condemned as Prizes of War;' Be it therefore enacted by The King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That all Ships or Vessels, whether British or Foreign, which shall at any time after the passing of this Act become forfeited under any of the Provisions of any Act or Acts of Parliament now in force, or which may hereafter be passed for the Prevention, Abolition or Regulation of the Slave Trade, and be adjudged to be forfeited in any Court of Record in Great Britain, or which shall be condemned as forfeited in any Court of Admiralty or Vice Admiralty in any Part of His Majesty's Dominions, for any Offence in relation to the Slave Trade, shall, from and after such Judgment or Condemnation respectively, be entitled to a Certificate of Registry as a British Ship, and thereupon have and enjoy all the Privileges and Advantages of Britsh-built Ships and Vessels in like manner with Ships and Vessels taken by His Majesty's Ships of War, and condemned as lawful Prize of War in Courts of Admiralty: Provided always, that all such Ships and Vessels shall be subject to the same Duties and Regulations, and shall be registered in the same Manner and Form, and subject to the same Conditions and Restrictions, Penalties and Forfeitures, and shall be in like manner owned and navigated as Ships and Vessels condemed as lawful Prize are directed and required to be, in order to their obtaining British Registers and enjoying the Privileges of British Ships owned, registered and navigated according to Law.

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