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.

Bonds for Foreign Voyages

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To obtain clearance papers during the early decades of the nineteenth century, owners and/or masters often had to swear that their vessel would not engage in trade with particular nations. In addition they were required to sign a Bond, sometimes totaling over 75 thousand dollars, to insure their compliance with all existing laws governing foreign trade. During the embargo, in effect from 25 December 1807 to I March 1809, permission for foreign voyages was particularly restricted. Later, during the era of the Non-Intercourse Act, trade with France and England was prohibited. If the Bond were violated, the collector could initiate legal action against the Bond holders, and if the libel case was successfully prosecuted by the District Courts, the amount of the Bond, plus any additional expenses, was forfeited to the United States.

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