Coast-Guard Service Act, 1856



An Act to provide for the better Defence of the Coasts of the Realm, and the more ready Manning of the Navy, and to transfer to the Admiralty the Government of the Coast Guard. [29th July 1856.]

Whereas it is expedient to make better Provision for the Defence of the Coasts of the Realm, and for the more ready Manning of Her Majesty’s Navy in case of War or sudden Emergency, as well as for the Protection of Her Majesty’s Revenue: And whereas it is expedient that the Officers and Men to be employed for these Purposes should be under the Control and Authority of the Commissioners of the Admiralty, and that the existing Force now employed in the Coast Guard and in the Revenue Cruisers should be placed under their Control:’ Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’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, as follows: