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The Tonnage Question



    ONE of the most interesting papers discussed at the recent meeting of the Institution of Naval Architects was on the Revision of the Tonnage Laws. The author, Mr. W. H. White, is, from his position as Chief Constructor at the Admiralty, as well as from his well-known attainments, a singularly impartial and able judge of this most difficult question. The occasion which called forth the paper was the report on the tonnage question lately issued by the Royal Commission, which last year took evidence on this subject. The report was, as is well known, not signed by all the commissioners. Two of them, viz. Mr. B. Waymouth, Secretary to Lloyd's Register, and Mr. Rothery, Q.C., the Wreck Commissioner, wrote independent reports, which differed widely from that of the majority, and from each other.

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