Of Remittances of Wages by Seamen for the Benefit of their Wives and Families, &c.

40. Whenever a ship, not being in any port of the United Kingdom, or on the coast thereof, shall have been twelve calendar months in sea pay, and so from time to time at the end of every six months, the captain shall, at the next subsequent muster of the ship's company, cause to be read over the names of the petty officers, seamen, non-commissioned officers and privates of marines, and cause each to answer to his name; and if any of them who have not made any allotment of their pay shall declare their desire that the whole or any part of their pay, except for the last six months, shall be paid either to a wife, child or children above the age of eighteen years, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister, the captain shall cause to be transmitted to the commissioners of the navy a list of such persons, containing their names, their numbers on the ship's books, and the names and residence of the parties to whom they shall desire the same to be paid; and the commissioners shall cause the requisite steps to be taken for making out the necessary remittance bills in the form heretofore used, or in such other form as shall be found most convenient, to be signed by a commissioner of the navy, and to be addressed to the same persons and in the same manner as allotment bills are by the act required to be addressed.

By 41. every warrant officer not authorized to draw bills, and every petty officer, seaman, non-commissioned officer, or marine, entitled to the payment of any wages, or the wife of any such warrant officer (being legally empowered to receive her husband's wages), shall, if present at the place where such wages are paid, be at liberty in like manner to make a remittance thereof, or of any part thereof, to any person within the United Kingdom, or if not present, but resident more than seven miles from the place of payment, shall, upon transmitting to the commissioners of the navy a regular certificate of discharge from the service, or other satisfactory proof of identity, be entitled to a remittance bill (but payable to the party only) in any part of his majesty's dominions where naval payments are usually made; and payment may in like manner be made to the executors and administrators of any such deceased warrant officer, if they shall desire it.

But by 4 & 5 Wm. 4. c. 25. 7. any petty officer, seaman, non-commissioned officer of marines, or marine, notwithstanding he may have made an allotment of his pay, may cause to be paid by remittance in the manner thereby provided, any further portion of his pay which may remain due to him, except for the last six months, and any such remittance of wages may be made payable either to any of the relatives mentioned in the above act, or to any child or children of the age of eighteen years or upwards of the party making the allotment, or if under that age then to a trustee on the behalf of such child or children; or any such petty officer, seaman, non-commissioned officer of marines, or marine, may authorize any such part of his pay to be invested for his benefit in such savings bank, and under and subject to such rules and regulations as the admiralty shall establish for that purpose.

Source : The Law Dictionary by Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Knt., (1835) available in Google Books.

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