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Laws of 1808, Chapter 225

[Laws of 1808], Chap[ter] CCXXV [225]

AN ACT for the further Encouragement of Steam-Boats, on the Waters of this State, and for other Purposes.

Passed April 11th, 1808

I.BE it enacted by the People of the State of New-York, represented in Senate and Assembly, That whenever Robert R. Livingston and Robert Fulton, and such persons as they may associate with them, shall establish one or more steam-boats or vessels, other than that already established, they shall, for each and every such additional boat be entitled to five years prolongation of their grant or contract with this state: Provided nevertheless, That the whole term of their exclusive privileges shall not exceed thirty years, after the passage of this act.

II.And be it further enacted, That no person or persons, without the licence of the persons entitled to an exclusive right to navigate the waters of this state, with boats moved by steam or fire, or those holding a major part of the interest of such privilege, shall set in motion, or navigate upon the waters of this state, or within the jurisdiction thereof, any boat or vessel moved by steam or fire; and the said person or persons, so navigating with boats or vessels moved by steam or fire, in contravention of the exclusive right of the said Robert R. Livingston and Robert Fulton, and their associates, or legal representatives, shall forfeit such boat, or boats and vessels, together with the engine, tackle and apparel thereof, to the said Robert R. Livingston and Robert Fulton, and their associates.

III.And be it further enacted, That the penalties so incurred may be sued for and recovered within any court of record of this state, having cognizance thereof.

IV.And be it further enacted, That if any persons shall combine, for the purpose of injuring or destroying any boat, sloop or other vessel navigating the waters of this state; and if any person shall wilfully, and with the express intention to destroy or injure such boat, sloop or other vessel, and thereby put in danger the lives of the passengers or people navigating such boat, sloop of other vessel; the persons so combining, or the person so willfully attempting to injure or destroy such boat, sloop or other vessel, shall respectively be considered guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be fined in a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, or imprisonment for a time not exceeding twelve months, or both, in the discretion of the court before whom such conviction takes place.