Introduction Acknowledgments Abstract Log Articles of Agreement Bill of Health Bill of Lading Bill of Sale (1856) Bond for Duties (1825) Bonds for Foreign Voyages Charter Party Classification Certificate (1863) Clearance Certificate Coasting Permit (1809) Consular Certificates (Miscellaneous) Contribution Certificate "Morning Star" (1856) Convoy Instructions (ca. 1800) Crew List Customs Certificates and Forms (Miscellaneous) Drawback Forms and Certificates Enrolment Certificate Freight Circular (1857) Freight List (1857) Letter of Marque/Privateer Commission License (Coasting/Fishing Vessels) Logbook (1828) Manifest Marine Insurance Marine Society Membership Certificate (1839) Master Carpenter's Certificate/Measurement Certificate (1853) Master's Certificate (1861) Mediterranean Passport/Sea Letter Oaths and Affirmations Passenger List Pilot's License Port Rules and Regulations Portage Bill (1852) Receipts (Miscellaneous) Registry Certificate/Ship's Register Sailing Card (ca. 1860) Sailing Orders (1830) Seamen's Protection Certificate Shipbuilding Agreements and Contracts Steamboat Regulatory Documents Whalemen's Shipping Paper (1840) Appendix Selected Bibliography

American Maritime Documents, 1776-1860 - Stein, Douglas L.

Convoy Instructions (ca. 1800)

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Convoy instructions Convoy Instructions were issued by the protecting naval force, and outlined procedures and conduct required of every vessel in the convoy. The example above was a British document given to an American merchant vessel, sailing as a neutral under British protection, ca. 1800. Instructions were usually printed, and often varied in detail and composition. The signature of the convoy commander and the name of the vessel or master receiving the instructions might appear on the document as well as illustrations - sometimes in color - of the flag or lantern codes used during the voyage. These documents might be found in collections of American maritime manuscripts form the colonial and early national periods, when our interests on the high seas were much less secure.

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