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the restoring of an Admiralty jurisdiction in Canada over the Western Lakes, if not now, soon will be a matter of necessity,
By the Imperial Statutes 24 Vict. c. 10, of 1861, and the 26 Vict, c. 24, passed in 1863, the jurisdiction of the High Court of Admiralty of England and that of the Vice-Admiralty Courts were much enlarged. The former applies to the High Court of Admiralty of England and the latter to the ViceAdmiralty Courts. Upon a comparison of these statutes, both in this volume; it will be found that where some necessary and essential powers are vested in the High Court of Admiralty they have been withheld from the Courts of Vice-Admiralty without perhaps adequate cause.
An opinion upon this subject, expressed by the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia sitting as Judge of the Court of ViceAdmiralty at Halifax, which is entitled to the greater weight as that of a Judge discharging duties in the Common Law Courts as well as in the Vice-Admiralty Court, where his position enables him the better to see the proper jurisdiction for each, is to be found in the Appendix to these Reports. This, and a further expression of opinion, in the cases of the “City of Petersburg” and the “ Three Sisters," as to the necessity of new Rules for the Courts of Vice-Admiralty, will be read with interest as coming from one, who not only discharges the duties of two high judicial offices, but has always held a high and prominent position as well at the Bar as when in the Legislature and Executive Government of Nova Scotia. Appendix, p. 348 et seq., and 374.
These Reports, with an Appendix containing matter for reference, particularly upon the subject of maritime jurisdiction exercised by the ViceAdmiralty Courts, in a smaller compass than is perhaps to be found elsewhere, it is hoped will be useful to the public and the profession.
LONDON, 25th January, 1875.
TABLE OF CASES REPORTED.
In the Matter of Charles Drolet
PAGE Registrar's Fees
4 Mariner's Wages
25 Mariner's Wages
91 Mariner's Wages
158 Forfeiture-Breach of
the Fishery Laws. 167 Forfeiture-Breach of
the Fishery Laws . 169 Collision
182 Abergeldie-Bruce .
187 Pride of England - Bean
189 Margaretha Stevenson
Mariner's Contract 203 Harold Haarfager-Helliesen
222 The American Transportation Company v. Moore, Foote & Company
Opinion of the Su
preme Court of Mi-
land • App. 329 City of Petersburg, from Nova Scotia. Jurisdiction Mari
ner's Contract. App. 343 Wavelet
lision App. 354 Chase
done by a ship. App. 361 Three Sisters
Bottomry - Salvage
and Wages. App. 371