ship's articles


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ship's articles

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shipping articles

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(Nautical Terms) a type of contract by which sailors agree to the conditions, payment, etc, for the ship in which they are going to work
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On board the steamer, which happened to be the Cockspur, Daughtry persuaded the captain to enter Kwaque on the ship's articles as steward's helper with a rating of ten shillings a month.
I'll make a paper to that same and put it with the ship's articles," was Van Horn's reply.
At any rate, he once more signed a ship's articles, and on January 1, 1841, sailed from New Bedford harbour in the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific Ocean and the sperm fishery.