Coasting vessel

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Soon afterwards, while sailing quietly at night, we found ourselves suddenly near a small coasting vessel, also without lights, which all at once treated us to a volley of rifle fire.
Another time I placed myself at a warehouse by the waterside, where the coasting vessels from the north come, such as from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland, and other places.
It allowed coasting vessels to pass in and out of the docks at any state of the tide.
The event is intended to incrementally present the facts that; (1) major legislative reforms have been carried out in the past two years towards codification, rationalization & simplification of maritime statutes ,Acts, rules & regulations ( such as the preparation of a new Merchant Shipping Bill to replace the extant Merchant Shipping Act, 1958, proposed repeal of the Coasting Vessels Act, 1838, repeal of the vintage Admiralty Acts of 1839-1892 and introduction of a new Admiralty Act, amendments to the Multi Modal Transportation of Goods Act, 1992, repeal of 14 otiose Merchant Shipping Acts etc.