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.

Oaths and Affirmations

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Oaths of various kinds often appear in maritime collections, and are especially common in papers that were created during the early years of the nineteenth century. The concept or practice of oaths is not unique to maritime matters, but they were frequently required by customs, consular, or other authorities to help establish compliance with the numerous regulations and procedures that governed America's maritime trade. The language used on these forms remained fairly consistent throughout the is period. They exist as separate documents, an dare also printed on Manifests, Crew Lists, or other papers for which a particular oath was required. A sample of the variety of Oath forms are represented here.

Master's Oath Master's Oath on entering Vessel: Customs form, signed by the shipmaster, wherein he swears that the manifest and other papers relative to his vessel's cargo is accurate in every respect, New York, 5 May 1804. This document was executed after a vessel entered port and the master was filing his cargo manifest with the customs authorities. Signatures of the deputy collector and naval officer also appear.



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