51 GEO. III. CAP. 45, 1811 (IMPERIAL).
An Act for taking away the public Use of Certain Ships Rooms in the Town of Saint John, in the Island of Newfoundland; and for Instituting Surrogate Courts on the Coast of Labrador, and in certain Islands adjacent thereto (31 May, 1811).
Whereas certain Spaces of Ground in the Town of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, called Ships Rooms, are liable, according to the ancient Custom there used, and conformably with the Provisions of an Act passed in the Tenth and eleventh Years of his Majesty King William the Third, intituled, An Act to encourage the Trade to Newfoundland, to be claimed by the Masters of fishing ships for the Use of their Ships and Boats during the current fishing Season, which said Spaces of Ground have not of late been employed for the Purpose of the Fishery: and whereas it would be more beneficial to the general Interests of the Trade and Fishery, if the said Spaces of Ground were wholly exempted from such Claim, and were let out for building Dwelling Houses and Store Houses, and for other Uses necessary to the Trade and Fishery: And whereas it has been proved, upon the Survey of Persons resident in the Town of St. John's, and well skilled in the Affairs of the Fishery, that there is Land at the Western Extremity of the Harbour better suited for drying, curing, and husbanding of Fish than any of the Ships Rooms above mentioned; be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That, from and after the passing of this Act, the followed Ships Rooms, situated in the Town of Saint John's, that is to say, the Ships Rooms No. I Rotten Row, or Pye Corner Ships Room No. II; Dorkus's Ships Room, No. II; Lady's Ships Room, No. II; Gallows-Hill Ships Room, No. III; Burstheart-Hill Ships Room, No. III; Churchill Ships Room, No. IV; Hudson's Ships Room, No. V; Admiral's Ships Room, No. VI; as the same are laid down, distinguished and named in a Plan of the Town and Harbour of Saint John's in Newfoundland, dated October One thousand eight hundred and four, and deposited in the Government House there, shall no longer be deemed and taken to be Ships Rooms and occupied during the Fishing Season as such, but it shall be lawful for the same to be granted, let, and possessed as private Property, in like Manner as any other Portions of Land in
Newfoundland may be; any Thing in the said Act or the said ancient Custom to the contrary notwithstanding.
"II. And whereas it is expedient to provide for the better Administration of Justice in such Parts of the Coast of Labrador from the River St. John to Hudson's Streights, and in the Island of Anticosti, and in all other smaller Islands as are re-annexed to the Government of Newfoundland by an Act passed in the Forty-ninth Year of His Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act for establishing Courts of Judicature in the Island of Newfoundland and the islands adjacent; and for re-annexing part of the Coast of Labrador and the Islands lying on the said Coast to the Government of Newfoundland"; Be it therefore further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Governor of Newfoundland from Time to Time to institute Surrogate Courts in the said Parts and Places, with Power and Authority to proceed in and to hear and determine Civil Suits arising within the said Ports and Places, and all other Suits and Complaints, in like manner as Surrogate Courts instituted by virtue of the said Act in the Island of Newfoundland