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The documents that a ship must carry and make available for inspection by legal authorities, including documents relating to the ship's ownership, cargo, and safety.
(Nautical Terms) the documents that are required by law to be carried by a ship for the purpose of ascertaining details of her ownership, nationality, destination, and cargo or to prove her neutrality
the documents legally required to be carried by an oceangoing vessel, as a certificate of registry, logbook, and cargo manifest.
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|Noun||1.||ship's papers - official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.|
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right