Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, August 29, 1849
PASSENGER TRAFFIC WITH IRELAND.
LIVERPOOL, Friday- A document has been issued by the Lords of the Privy
Council, enforcing a new code of regulations in relation to the carriage of
passengers between Ireland and the British shores. The communication is dated
from the Council Chamber, Whitehall, August 7, and contains the following
"1. The number of deck passengers to be carried by a a paddle steamer,
having no cargo on deck, shall be one passenger to every ton of the builder's
"2. The number to be carried by a paddle steamer, having cargo on deck, but
none of it stowed shaft the paddle shaft, shall be one passenger to every
"3. The number to be carried when cargo (not live animals or poultry) is
stowed shaft the paddle shaft, shall be three passengers to every two square
yards clear space abaft the paddle shaft.
"4. The number to be carried when live animals or poultry are stowed shaft
the paddle shaft shall be fixed with reference to the arrangement of the vessel
and cargo, so as to provide, as nearly as possible, two square yards for every
three passengers, in a part of the vessel separate from the cattle and live
"5. Screw steamers, in which the deck passengers are allowed to go below,
and are accommodated with space on the lower deck for one half their numbers, or
on that on which the bulwarks are raised, and a spar deck constructed so as to
afford protection to the passengers on deck, shall be licensed to carry the same
number of passengers in each case as paddle-steamers.
"6. Screw steamers on which these provisions are not made shall be licenses
to carry only one passenger to every four tons of the registered tonnage.
"7. The properties of the passengers to be carried in the months of
November, December, January, February and March, shall be two-thirds the number
allowed in the other months."
Captain Dunham has also addressed a memorandum to the owners of steamers
employed in the conveyance of passengers, recommending additional regulations,
"Custom house, Liverpool, Aug. 10
"I am commanded by the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade
to strongly impress upon the owners of steam vessels employed in the conveyance
of passengers the propriety of making some provisions for the health and
cleanliness of those on board, by furnishing them with a sufficient supply of
tarpaulin to protect them from the weather and from the washing of the sea, and
also by providing water closets for their use.
"Although the Lords have not thought it necessary to make these provisions
compulsory, as they might do, by returning certificates till they should be
complied with, they nevertheless attach a great importance to them, and will
hear the subject in mind with a view to future legislation, should they find, by
experience, that a necessity exists for more stringent provisions to compel the
adoption of these reasonable measures.
"H.M. DENHAM, Captain, R.N.,
Steam Navigation Inspector."
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News