Paper blockade

Related to Paper blockade: Continental system, impressment
an ineffective blockade, as by a weak naval force.

See also: Paper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Lord Richard Lyons, the British minister to Washington, warned that his government viewed that prospect as "a paper blockade in a particularly objectionable form." Lincoln never exercised the authority the legislation granted; he continued to side with Seward and persevered with the blockade policy.
This rule prohibited the declaration of nominal "paper blockades" as a justificatory facade for arbitrary seizure of neutral trade with enemy states across diffuse geographic areas.
If a "paper blockade" was accepted by the international community, it would serve Union interests, because the Union navy was still too small to secure all Southern ports.
Lyons, responding to Russell on April 15, 1861, stated that a paper blockade would "justify Great Britain and France recognizing the southern confederacy."(10) Moreover, Lyons seemed to agree with the Southern position that only a paper blockade existed.
If, on the other hand, Russell's response claimed that all Southern ports were adequately and securely blockaded, Mason, Lindsay, and their colleagues could argue, by using shipping manifests, that the blockade was ineffective and, therefore, a paper blockade. The shipping manifest identified specific cargo transported to and from Southern ports.
Found in article 4 of the 1856 Declaration of Paris, it is grounded in the neutral concern that belligerent powers not be permitted wantonly to declare "paper blockades," thereby interfering with neutral shipping, without the means or motive to enforce them.