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Printed Ships Insurance Document for Schooner "Curlew," traveling from New York to Antigua, dated 11 June 1800, cargo insured by B.M. Mumford for two hundred dollars.

I. Oram, publisher: NY 1800 16 x 10.5, 4 pages, printed on one side only with signatures and notes on three sides. Fold creases, fold tears, almost detached at two of the three folds, soiling, staining, scattered spotting. Cargo details not listed. Ship owners like John F. Gordon who owned the "Curlew" knew that an unexpected storm could destroy the ship and its cargo or the vessel could be taken over by French or British privateers so insurance was essential. Insurance was costly for American ships until after the War of 1812 when the United States became a dominant naval power. Written on the back: ". . . this vessel was taken and carried into Guadaloupe (sic) but no Condemnation is produced." and dated Sept. 8, 1800. Ship's master was Joshua Sandford who was reportedly condemned at Guadeloupe on July 1, 1800. Sold as is.


Book Id: 98-5529

Price: $150.00

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