Excerpt from Alleged Overloading of Ships: Mr. Chamberlain's Speech to the Deputation of Shipowners, on the 8th March, 1883, and the Correspondence Resulting Therefrom, With Other Matter Bearing on the Subject
Mr. Laing, President of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom, stated that at the last Meeting of the Chamber resolutions were passed concerning the right of appeal from the decisions of Courts of Inquiry, the desertion of seamen, the advance note question, and the load-line question. Mr. Laing expressed his hearty concurrence with the words spoken by the President the night before at the Mansion House, as to the great progress of trade achieved with very little aid from the State, and with very little assistance from any Government, and also the President's remarks upon the beneficial results of the free play allowed in this country to individual effort and private enterprise. Mr. Raybourne, of Glasgow, then addressed the President on thesubject of appeals being allowed from Courts of Survey and Courts of Inquiry, and Mr. Kennedy, of Liverpool, on the subjects of the desertion of seamen and advance notes, adducing as an instance of the trouble caused to Shipowners the case of the Cunard ship Bothnia, from which I7 men deserted a few days ago. Colonel Hill, Mr. Hall, Mr. Kennedy, and Mr. Glover also spoke on the various subjects in which Shipowners are interested, such as desertion, powers of arrest, and the load-line tables.
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