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A guide to the United States Shipping Commissioner wage book, 1905
HDC0019 (SAFR 13564)  
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United States Shipping Commissioner wage book (SAFR13564, HDC 19) is dated 1905. It contains information on the pay and allowances of seamen. The item is available for research use without restrictions.
The Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872 established offices to oversee the signing of sailors to ships. The Act required that seamen on American ships sign their articles in front of an appointed United States Shipping Commissioner, only after having proved their sobriety and to ensure the sailor wasn't signed by a crimp. Much of the effectiveness of the Act was minimized because boardinghouse keepers refused to furnish crews for ships in port.
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