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.

Steamboat Regulatory Documents

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Inspector's Certificate/Hull & Boiler Certificate: Large printed documents, approximately 10" x 16" being a common size. Title in printed prominently near the top and many examples feature decorative engraving. Certificates often begin with the phrase, "Application having been made in writing to the subscribers; Inspectors for said district, to inspect the Steamer…." At bottom places are provided for the signatures of the inspectors (hull and boiler), the collector, and a Justice of the Peace or other notary. Various stamps or seals may also appear.
This document, often called a Hull & Boiler Certificate, was a product of Federal legislation begun in 1838 to better regulate the safely of steam vessels and their machinery, and was issued after a thorough examination of the ship, including the hull, passenger accommodations, boilers, safety equipment, and life boats had been successfully completed. It defined the geographical limits within which that particular steamboat may operate, i.e. "From New York and Hartford, Connecticut, touching at intermediate places and back." The original was filed with the collector, and copies given to the owner/operators of the vessel. Copies of this certificate were to be prominently displayed aboard the vessel, which was reinspected periodically upon the conditions of service.

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