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.

Classification Certificate (1863)

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Printed document on paper, approximately 8" x 14". "American Lloyds Register Of Shipping" is printed across the top, and "American Lloyd's" is found within a decorative engraving along the left-hand margin. An engraved eagle also appears, as do American Lloyd's stamps. The Certificate usually displays the signature of the organization's secretary and the port's surveyor.

This Certificate was issued to the shipowner by Lloyd's after a vessel had been surveyed, and was a primary document when the vessel was to be insured. After its establishment in 1857, American Lloyds provided various requirements and levels of classification. Generally speaking, the better a ship's construction and the better the materials used in it, the higher classification rating it would receive. An Al rating was first class, Al-l/2 second class, A2 third class, A2-1/2 fourth class, and A3 was fifth class. These classes translated into what kind of cargo could be carried. Consequently, first and second class vessels could obtain insurance to transport perishable cargoes on long voyages, while the suc-ceedingly lower classifications indicated less well built, and often older, vessels confined to carrying more durable cargo along shorter distances. Lloyd's would carry the vessel's classification in their Register, and indicated that all vessels must be resurveyed "at least once every two years" in order to maintain or revise their classification. (See also Survey Certificate described under Marine Insurance).

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