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THE SWANSEA PILOTS AS THE HARBOUR TRUSTEES PETITIONS AGAINST NON-COM- PULSORY PILOTAGE. A largely-attended meeting of the pilots of port of Swansea was held on Monday, at Pilotage House, South Dock entrance, Mr IV Bedford, one of the Swansea pilots, being ca upon to preside. The Chairman, in the coin's. his remarks, detailed at some length the ciro stances connected with the dispute of the pilot Pill and the Great Western Steamship Compa all of which, together with the manner in wl it had been settled, has from time to time b published. He then proceeded to refer to action recently taken by the Pilotage Conn sioners of Swansea. They had a short time si applied to the Board of Trade to put into o tion powers possessed by them to abolish present system of compulsory pilotage, a sysl which was in operation at Swansea and at Bris and had hitherto, in his opinion, worked extrcn well, and a suggestion had been made to em Swansea pilots to pilot up to King-road, Bristol pilots to pilot to the Mumbles. Agai the removal of the compulsory pilotage Swansea a very numerously-signed p tion had been prepared, and was ready to sent to the Board of Trade by the shipown captains, and others of the port.âThe Chairn then read the petition, which was as follows To the Right Hon. the President of the Bo of Trade. vVe, the undersigned merchants, s owners, traders, captains, and others tradin; the port of Swansea, humbly beg that the pr dent of the Board of Trade will take into c sideration the following facts relative to the ] posed abolition of compulsory pilotage to the ] of Swansea FirstâIt is considered that the proaches to the bay are dangerous, being v shallow. It is always possible to obtain a pi but if made non-compulsory diffietùties; necessarily arise, and the services of experien pilots will depend upon chance, which will many cases, entail the loss of spring tides,; result in vessels being "neaped" seV days, consequently causing great pec' ary less and delay. SecondlyâIt is lieved that the shipping entering and lca the port would be liable to dam in consequence of non-compulsory pilotage, harbour being a difficult one to enter by inexp enced captains, more especially since the < fines of the Channel have been narrowed, wl circumstance has made the current run stror and more variable than previously. The me rialists also wish to call your attention to the r navigation, there being two drawbrk across the navigation of the Tawe,tIowing into sea at Swansea. Also, that vessels frequen the port are gradually increasing in size. r alone, we think, is a sufficient reason for cont ing the present system of compulsory pilot Under the circumstances your petitioners ] that you will allow the Act to remain in fe which they believe will be of real service to interest of the port." The Chairman said the pilots of Swansea had not yet prepared t petition, but it was proposed to draw up similar in many respects to the one he just read, and which included many of the po to which they, as pilots, would have to refer. pointed out the great danger to which ship generally would be exposed if vessels were allo to leave that port in the hands of inexperiei men. Many of the pilots also who had spe long life in the service would, if the prop alterations were carried out, find them.selve their beam ends by the time they had reached meridian of their lives. He strongly opposed proposed alterations by the Harbour Trustees. Mr LEWIS WATKINS then proposed, Mr Jos OWEN seconded,, and Mr WILLIAM FENDER ported the following resolution:â"That being a representative meeting of the Swa pilots, it is, in their opinion,undesirable to alts any way the existing rules relative to the pilo of vessels to or from this port, and this mee pledges itself to oppose by every legitimate m any bill brought out by the Harbour Trustee: this purpose and with that view recommend communication be opened with prominent n bers of Parliament for the purpose of seen their assistance and co-operation." A committee was subsequently appointee arrange for securing the co-operation of ka ports in the kingdom, and the several well knfl supporters of pilots' organization, including ]H don, Tyneside, Firth of Forth, Bristol Cha pilots, &c. â The suggestion which had been thrown out the present Swansea Pilotage Commissioner extend their jurisdiction to Kingroad so a, allow them to compete,as they considered unfa with the Bristol pilots, and vice versa, was referred to. In the discussion that took I many of those present expressed their con vi that none of them wanted to pilot vessels Bristol, neither did they want to see Bristol p take charge of vessels in Swansea waters. 0; the pilots suggested that there should be amalgamation of pilots throughout the Ur Kingdom to put a stop to the encroachment their well-established privileges. Mr ROGER MOORE, of Bristol, who was prt^J by invitation, as representative of tho.lH Plimsoll Committee, said that as far as the r! sation to which he belonged was concerned, would assist the Swansea pilots in any way could. He suggested the co-operation of < pilots. From his small experience it strncl, that the proposition to abolish compulsory pih had been started by some gentlemen who interested in obtaining its abolition. The sel appeared to him to be about as wild as j National Lifeboat Institution had ordered all lifeboats to be removed from the rock-b shores of this country. On the motion of Mr BIBBY, seconded by O. JONES, a resolution wÃ¥s passed appro vir^B the opposition conducted by the Pilots' mitteeâurging them to continue to agitate i same way, and adopt all proper means to o the object they had in view. On the motion of Mr JOHN MILLS, second, Mr JOHNSON, it was resolvedâ" That this] ing approves of steps being taken with view of associating themselves with other tl councils, in order that they may be represent the head quarters of these respective orgs tions. The proceedings, which were uuani throughout, concluded with a hearty vo thanks to the Chairman.

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