Second. A declaration of the sufficiency and good condition of the machinery of such steam vessel, under the hand of an engineer to be approved by the Lords of the said Committee; such declarations bearing date of some day in the said months of April or October respectively.

And the Lords of the said Committee shall register such declarations, and shall transmit to the owners of such steam vessels respectively certificates, under the hand of one of the secretaries or assistant-secretaries of the said Committee, of the registry of such declarations.

9. If any steam vessel proceed to sea with passengers, the owner whereof has not duly transmitted to the Lords of the said Committee such declarations, and received from the Lords of the said Committee such certificates of the registry of such declarations as herein before is mentioned, the owner of such steam vessel shall forfeit a sum not exceeding 100 l.

10. Whenever any steam vessel shall have sustained or caused any serious accident, occasioning loss of life or property, or received any material damage affecting her seaworthiness, either in her hull or her engine, by grinding or by collision with any other vessel, or by any other means, the master or other person having the charge of such vessel shall, as soon as conveniently may be, transmit through the post office, by letter addressed to the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade, and signed by such master or other person, a report of such accident or damage, and the probable occasion thereof, stating therein the name of the vessel, the port to which she belongs, and the place where she is, in order that the Lords of the said Committee may, if they think fit, investigate the matter; and should the owner or owners of any steam vessel from her non-appearance or otherwise have reason to apprehend that such steam vessel is wholly lost, he or they shall, as soon as conveniently may be, in like manner send notice thereof to the Lords of the said Committee; and every owner, master, or such other person as aforesaid, who shall neglect to send such notice as hereby is required within a reasonable time after any such accident shall have happened, shall for every such offence forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding 50 l.

11. Whenever any steam vessel shall have sustained or caused any serious accident occasioning loss of life or property, or received any material damage affecting her seaworthiness either in her hull or her engine, by grounding or by collision with any other vessel, or by any other means, it shall be lawful for the Lords of the said Committee to appoint any proper person or persons as inspector or inspectors to inquire into and report upon such accident; and it shall be lawful for every person so authorized, at all reasonable times, upon producing his authority if required, to go on board and inspect any such steam vessel and the machinery thereof, and every part thereof respectively, not detaining or delaying the vessel from proceeding on her voyage, and to make such inquiries as to the nature, circumstances, and causes of such accident as he or they may think fit.

12. That nothing in this Act shall extend to any of Her Majesty's ships of war, nor to any vessel not being a British registered vessel.