This legislation has been repealed.
Any master of a vessel
who uses or displays, or causes or permits any person under his authority to
use or display, any of the signals defined in the preceding regulation, except
in the case of a vessel in distress, is liable to pay compensation for any
labour undertaken, risk incurred, or loss sustained in consequence of such
signal having been supposed to be a signal of distress; and such compensation
may, without prejudice to any other remedy, be recovered in the same manner as
that in which salvage is recoverable.