p.2 St. Lawrence Canal - engineer's report (conclusion).
We publish the following proceedings with much pleasure. At an adjourned meeting of Owners and Masters of Lake Craft, held the 24th March 1840, at Bamford's Hotel, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of adopting regulations for their protection in securing the services of seamen, and keeping in view the interests of the latter, it was resolved,
1st. That no one shall be continued in the employment of the subscribers without entering into articles of agreement to serve for a term not less than 3 months or until the close of navigation; provided the vessel shall continue in commission for that period.
2nd. That the Masters conveying out of port for the voyage any seaman without having entered into agreement shall be ten dollars, and for neglecting to have the conditions read over to such seamen, 5 dollars - such penalties to be paid into the hands of Mr. Frances Henderson, to be applied for the relief of disabled sailors, their widows or families, as may be sanctioned by 5 of the subscribers hereunto.
3rd. That the articles referred to shall embrace clauses to the following effect: viz: - That no sailor shall leave his employment whilst the vessel to which he belongs remains in an American Port, without subjecting himself to a forfeiture of 1/4 of the amount of his wages for the term of his agreement. That no sailor shall be entitled to receive his wages whilst his vessel is trading in a foreign port. That 1/4 of his wages becoming due shall remain in the hands of the Master or his employer until he has fulfilled the terms of his agreement, and such to be forfeited if he leaves without sufficient cause before such term is expired, except by giving notice fourteen days previously of his intention to do so or unless with the consent of the Master on board, or at the expiration of his agreement. No sailor to leave at any time while prosecuting a voyage unless mutually agreed upon between the Master and himself. No Master shall be allowed to discharge any seaman whilst in a foreign port except from gross ill conduct, nor at any time unless at the expiration of his agreement or from incapacity or from improper conduct, without giving 14 days notice to such seaman. By mutual agreement with the Master on board any seaman may leave at any -time or place. Any seaman being absent from the vessel without leave, shall forfeit twice the amount of his wages which would become due to him for the term of his absence.
That 200 copies of an agreement embracing the penalties and conditions above written shall be printed, and each Master shall be entitled to 2 of such copies.
John Ives Sanderson & Murray, per Wm. Gunn
W. Dickinson & Co. John Burgess
Wm. R. Taylor James Swanson
John Masson William Taylor
Joseph Simson James Twohy
John McIntyre Geo. Ives
Robert Kent Rob't McBram