Smuggling Act, 1807



An Act to make more effectual Provision for the Prevention of Smuggling. [13th August 1807.]

British Luggers above Fifty Tons shall be forfeited.

Whereas it is expedient to make further Regulations for the more effectual Prevention of Smuggling and of the illegal Importation of Goods, Wares, and Merchandize;’ 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, every Vessel belonging in the Whole or in Part to His Majesty’s Subjects, or whereof One Half of the Persons on board shall be Subjects of His Majesty, exceeding the Burthen of Fifty Tons by Admeasurement, which shall be rigged or fitted as a Lugger, shall, together with her Guns, Furniture, Ammunition, Tackle, and Apparel, be forfeited, and shall and may be seized by any Officer of His Majesty’s Army or Navy or Marines, or of Customs or Excise.