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.

Whalemen's Shipping Paper (1840)

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Whaleman's shipping paper Printed document, varying in size and format, usually found on a single sheet of heavy grade paper of fairly large proportions. "Whalemen's Shipping Paper" was often printed across the top, with some examples displaying eagles, shields, ribbons, etc., engraved along the upper margin. Conditions of the agreement for the voyage were printed on the front side of the document. Columns are included for a crew member's signature, date signed, his position aboard ship, his share of the voyage, and for witnesses' signatures. Columns for other data may also appear. Pertinent sections of Federal legislation for ht eprotectionof American seamen, usually including the original Act of 1790, are quite often found printed on the backside of these papers. Customs or consular stamps and seals will be present on some examples.
The Whalemen's Shipping Paper was used by the whaling industry in the same way as Articles of Agreement were by the merchant fleet, significant differences between the specific conditions for a whaling voyage, which were read and agreed to by the individual signing the paper; and the column for "shares," the fraction written there indicating the proportion of total revenue from the upcoming voyage that represented the crewman's wages. Since these documents were printed locally at the various ports there is little standardization in size or content, but examples that are completely filled out and well-reserved prove to be valuable research sources.

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