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An Act respecting Discipline on board of Canadian

Government Vessels.

SHORT TITLE.

1. This Act may be cited as the Government Vessels Dis- Short title. cipline Act. R.S., c. 71, s. 1.

INTERPRETATION. 2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise require3,- Definitions. (a) commissioner' or police commissioner means any

commissioner of police appointed under the Dominion

Police Act; (b) 'police constable' means any police constable appointed

under the said Act;
(c) master,' excepting when used in connection with duties

or requirements connected with the ship’s book, includes
any person, for the time being, lawfully in command or in
charge of any government vessel, as the officer thereof
highest in rank then on board. R.S., c. 71, ss. 3, 8 and 10.

APPLICATION.

3. Every vessel employed by the Government of Canada, Vessels em either temporarily or permanently, shall be deemed to belong, ployed by

Government. while so employed, to the Government of Canada for the purposes of this Act. R.S., c. 71, s. 2.

SHIP'S BOOK. 4. The master of every vessel belonging to the Government Men engaged of Canada shall cause every person engaged for service in such to sign ship’s

book. vessel, after having had this Act read to him, and before he enters upon the discharge of any duty on board of such vessel, to sign his name in the proper column of a book to be kept by the master for that purpose. R.S., c. 71, s. 4.

5. Such book shall contain a statement of the name of the What it vessel, the name of the master, and the year for which it is the shall show. 1871

ship's

ship’s book of such vessel, and also statements to the effect
that,-
(a) this Act was read to each person who has signed his

name in the proper column, before he signed his name

thereto; (6) each person who has so signed has thereby consented to

submit himself to the provisions of this Act, and to conduct himself in an orderly, faithful, honest and sober manner, and to be at all times diligent in the discharge of his duty, and to be obedient to the lawful commands of the master of the said vessel for the time being and of others, his superior officers, whether on board, in boats, or on shore, in everything relating to the said vessel, and the stores

thereof, and to this Act; (c) any embezzlement, or wilful or negligent destruction or

loss of or injury to any part of the stores of the said vessel shall be made good out of the wages of the person guilty

of the same; and, (d) if such person has entered himself as qualified for a

duty which he proves incompetent to perform, he may be discharged or his wages may be reduced at the discretion of the master. R.S., c. 71, s. 5.

Columns of particulars.

6. Such book shall contain separate columns properly headed, intended to contain respectively,

(a) the names of the persons engaged, including officers;
(b) the dates when engaged;
(c) the capacity in which each person is to serve, with the

relative rank of the officers, indicated by numbers;
(d) the period during which each person is to serve;
(e) the rate of wages at which each person is to be paid;
(f) the names of the witnesses to each signature; and,
(g) the dates of signatures. R.S., c. 71, s. 6.

Evidence,

Officer in command.

7. The ship's book of every vessel belonging to the Government of Canada shall be conclusive evidence of the relative rank of every officer therein named.

2. The signature of any such officer as being in command or in charge of the vessel, and the fact that any such officer was at any particular time in command or in charge thereof, shall not be called in question except by the Crown. R.S., c. 71, s. 3.

Reading of book by master.

8. The contents of the said book shall be read by the master or other officer of such vessel to each man about to ship on board thereof, and every person so signing any such book shall thenceforth be subject to this Act for and during the period of his engagement as therein mentioned. R.S., c. 71, s. 7.

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DISCIPLINE,

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