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In the second half of the nineteenth century, the British mercantile marine was the largest in the world and shipping offences committed aboard British vessels dominated the court lists in Japan. Traditional European practice distinguished between offences against a ship's discipline, which were subject to the punitive jurisdiction of that vessel's flag, and more serious offences where territorial jurisdiction applied save when offences occurred on the High Seas where, in Britain's case, the Merchant Shipping Acts provided that the offenders of whatever nationality could be sent to British territory for trial. Japan and other countries accepted that offences against discipline on British flagged vessels were subject to the Consuls' jurisdiction. A Naval Court's principal remedy was to clear, or reprimand, the officers concerned and, in serious cases, remove their competency certificates.

Keywords: British vessels; Consuls' jurisdiction; European practice; high seas; Japan; Merchant Shipping Acts; Naval Court



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