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(7 G. 2, c. 15)

This was an Act passed intended to protect ship owners by limiting their liability to the value of the vessel in circumstances where a crew member had made off with goods.

The Act provided

That no person  or persons who is, are or shall be Owner or Owners of any Ship or Vessel shall be subject to or liable to answer for or make good to any Loss or Damage by reason of any Imbezzlement of any [goods] …or for any Act, Matter or Thing, Damage or forfeiture done…by the said Masters or Mariners…without the privity and knowledge of such Owner or Owners, further than the Value of the Ship or Vessel…

For other ways of dealing with liability see the posts on the Coal Mines Act 1911 and the Employers’ Liability Act 1880.

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