United States Statutes at Large/Volume 2/8th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 52

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 2
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Eighth Congress, 1st Session, LII

March 27, 1804.
Chap. LII.—An Act to amend the act intituled “An act concerning the registering and recording of ships and vessels.”

Act of Dec. 31, 1792, ch. 1.
No ship or vessel to be registered as a vessel of the U. States, if owned by persons residing in foreign countreis a certain length of time.
Any ship or vessel before registered, &c.
Satisfactory proof of the citizenship of the purchaser to be first exhibited to the collector.
Proviso in a former act extended to the representatives of a deceased owner of a ship.Act of June 27, 1797, ch. 5.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That no ship or vessel shall be entitled to be registered as a ship or vessel of the United States, or if registered, to the benefits thereof, if owned in whole or in part by any person naturalized in the United States, and residing for more than one year in the country from which he originated, or for more than two years in any foreign country, unless such person be in the capacity of a consul or other public agent of the United States:[1] nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the registering anew of any ship or vessel before registered, in case of a bona fide sale thereof to any citizen or citizens resident in the United States: And provided also, that satisfactory proof of the citizenship or the person on whose account a vessel may be purchased, shall be first exhibited to the collector, before a new register shall be granted for such vessel.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the proviso in the act, intituled “An act in addition to an act, intituled An act concerning the registering and recording of ships and vessels,” passed the twenty-seventh of June, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, shall be taken and deemed to extend to the executors or administrators of the owner or owners of vessels, in the said proviso described.

Approved, March 27, 1804.

  1. A naturalized citizen, who in time of peace, returns to his native country for the purposes of trade, but with the intention of returning again to his adopted country, continuing in the former country a year after the commencement of hostilities, for the purpose of winding up his business, engaging in no new commercial transactions with the enemy, and then returning to his adopted country, has gained a domicil in his native country, and his goods are subject to capture and condemnation. The Frances, 8 Cranch, 335; 3 Cond. Rep. 154. See also the Dos Hermanos, 2 Wheat. 76; 4 Cond. Rep. 39.