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Alston K
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    Passenger ships carrying in excess of 12 passengers also required a certificate for the master

    Maritime Notes and Queries has I think the final answer to the passenger ship definition:

    MNQ (Dec 1874): fines for exceeding the licensed no. £20 plus 5/-per head

    MNQ (Sep 1881, p 105) Passenger = any person carried in a steamship other than the master & crew and owner, owner’s family and owner’s servants!!! I suspect only personal servants as otherwise the owner could claim any numbers of employees as servants.

    Ibid p 99: Any ship may carry passengers not exceeding 12 in number, although not surveyed by BoT as a passenger steamer, under MSA 1876 section 12.

    (MNQ 1896 pp 106): 111 Passenger certificates were only required for steamships, but a SV was limited to 50 or one for every statute male per 20 tons register as covered by the Passenger Acts 1855 and 1863. Cites also sect 271 of MSA 1894 (consolidation act), but a glance through yesterday did not pick up that detail.