Americana and Maritime Treasure: A Bound Collection of Fourteen Presidential Signatures: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Q. Adams American Ship Papers/Vessel Passports

 

Americana and Maritime Treasure: A Bound Collection of Fourteen Presidential Signatures: American Ship Papers/Vessel Passports, Composed of Original Broadside Documents with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Q. Adams Signatures

Ship’s papers were written in the three or four major languages of the day: French, Spanish, English, and/or Dutch; providing the protection of the U.S. Government for the ship for this one specific voyage, and grants the captain and crew the right to navigate and frequent international ports. In an era before phones or weather satellites, it was important that the document could be read by officials in any port or on the open seas. This paperwork also proves that the ship is not running contraband.

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