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A guide to the United States Office of the Shipping Commissioner mutual releases, 1912
HDC1069 (SAFR 13191)  
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United States Office of the Shipping Commissioner mutual releases (SAFR 858, HDC 1069) is a bound volume dated 1912. Each release form contains information including vessel name, late voyage, master, date, seaman's names, their station and amount received. This form served to protect the master, owners and seaman from claims for wages for the named voyages. The forms are signed by a deputy of the United States Shipping Commission. Among the entries are two for the C.A. THAYER on pages 4 and 121. On page 93, there is an entry for the STAR OF ALASKA. The collection is available for research use without restriction.
Since July 1872, shipping commissioners in various ports have administered laws on protection and welfare of seaman, including those relating to their shipping and discharging. In 1884, responsibility for the administration of navigation laws, including those administered by the shipping commissioners was given to the Commissioner of Navigation, who with the Bureau of Navigation established under his control, was placed under the general supervision of the Secretary of the Treasury. In 1903, both the Bureau of Navigation and the Steamboat-Inspection Service were transferred to the Department of Commerce and Labor. -from the Administrative History excerpted from the Guide to the National Archives of the United States
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