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Record No: mha00000091
Title: Records of the Collector of Customs for the Collection District of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts : Crew lists for the ports of Salem and Beverly
Dates: 1803-1899
Location: MHA microfilm cabinet
Creator: Collector of Customs for the Collection District of Salem and Beverly, Massachus
Extent: 31 reels of microfilm.
Organization: Arranged chronologically by year and there under alphabetically by name of vessel.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: A law passed by Congress on February 28, 1803, required that the master of each American vessel bound on a foreign voyage provide the collector of customs at the departing port a list containing the names of the crew members on board the vessel. In addition the master of the vessel was required to keep a certified copy on board the vessel on which he was to note any changes to the crew during the voyage. When the vessel returned from the voyage the master was required to submit the copy of the list to the boarding officer at the first American port entered and account for all the crew.
Scope and Content: Most of these crew lists are the copies deposited with the collector of customs when the vessels left on their voyage. But some are copies maintained by the vessel masters, annotated to show changes in the crew and surrendered to the boarding officer when the vessel returned to the United States. A typical crew list contains the name of each member of the crew, his rank or position on the vessel, place of birth and place of residence, whether an American citizen, his age, height, color of hair and complexion. Each list also contains the name, rig and home port of the vessel, the master's name, and the port of destination.
Reproduction Note: Microfilmed by the National Archives of the US, New England Region.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the National Archives of the US.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 104
Subject: Salem (Massachusetts).
Subject: Beverly (Massachusetts).
Subject: Crew lists.


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