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Brig Elizabeth Jane - launched Nova Scotia 1817 - Lost July 1854 off the coast of Yorkshire - Found Robin Hood's Bay, July 2003

Ship Registration Act 3 & 4 GULIELMI IV REGIS CAP. L.V.

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3°& 4° GULIELMI IV. Cap.55.
and Seals, purporting to be under the Authority of this Act, and stating when and where and by whom such Ship or Vessel was built, the Description, Tonnage, and other Particulars required on Registry •of any Ship or Vessel, and such Certificate shall have all the force and virtue of a Certificate of Registry under this Act, during the Term of Two Years, unless such Ship shall sooner arrive at some Place in the United Kingdom ; and such Collector and Controller shall transmit a Copy of such Certificate to the Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs.
XII. And be it further enacted, That no Person who has taken the Oath of Allegiance to any Foreign State, except under the Terms of some Capitulation, unless he shall afterwards become a Denizen or naturalized Subject of the United Kingdom by His Majesty's Letters Patent or by Act of Parliament, nor any Person usually residing in any Country not under the Dominion of His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, unless he be a Member of some British Factory, or Agent for or Partner in any House or Copartnership actually carrying on Trade in Great Britain or Ireland, shall be entitled to be the Owner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, of any Ship or Vessel required and authorized to be registered by virtue of this Act; save and except that it shall be lawful for any Person who was a Member of the Company of Merchants trading to the Levant Seas at the Time of its Dissolution, and who was a Resident at any of the Factories of the said Company, to continue to hold any Share or Shares in any British-registered Ship of which at the Time of such Residence he was an Owner or Part Owner, although such Person shall continue to reside at any of the Places where such Factories had existed prior to the Dissolution of the said Company.
XIII. And be it further enacted, That no Registry shall henceforth be made or Certificate granted until the following Declaration be made and subscribed, before the Person or Persons herein-before authorized to make such Registry and grant such Certificate respectively, by the Owner of such Ship or Vessel if such Ship or Vessel is owned by or belongs to One Person only, or in case there shall be Two joint Owners, then by both of such joint Owners if both shall be resident within Twenty Miles of the Port or Place where such Registry is required, or by One of such Owners if One or both of them shall be resident at a greater Distance from such Port or Place ; or if the Number of such Owners or Proprietors shall exceed Two, then by the greater Part of the Number of such Owners or Proprietors if the greater Number of them shall be resident within Twenty Miles of such Port or Place as aforesaid, not in any Case exceeding Three of such Owners or Proprietors, unless a greater Number shall be desirous to join in making and subscribing the said Declaration, or by One of such Owners if all, or ail except One, shall be resident at a greater Distance :
6 I A. B. of [Place of Residence and Occupation] do truly declare, ' That the Ship or Vessel [Name] [of Port or Place}, whereof 4 [Master's Name'] is at present Master, being [Kind of Built, Burthen, ' et ccetera, as described in the Certificate of the surveying Officer], was ' [when
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Persons re-
siding in
may not be
unless Mem-
bers of British
Factories, or
Agents for or
Partners in
Houses, or
Member of
trading to
Levant Seas.

to be made by
Owners pre-
vious to Re-

Proportion of
Owners who
shall sub-
scribe and
take the De-

Form of De-