(June 26, 1884, ch. 121, § 18, 23 Stat. 57.)


This section was enacted as part of the Shipping Act of 1884.
The original text of the proviso read as follows: “Provided, That this provision shall not affect the liability of any owner incurred previous to the passage of this act, nor prevent any claimant from joining all the owners in one action; nor shall the same apply to wages due to persons employed by said shipowners.”
The provision concerning liabilities previously incurred was omitted.