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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Ships and Shipping Records
 MS 563

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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Collection processed by Alison Barr and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 24, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New-York Historical Society.
Title: New-York Historical Society collection of ships and shipping records
Dates: 1660-1943
Abstract: The collection includes a wide variety of documents compiled around a loosely-defined thematic connection to ships and shipping. Roughly 175 ships are represented in the collection, though often with just one document. Documents include bills of lading; invoices, receipts, account statements, and other financial papers; passes for ships; cargo manifests; depositions and other statements; sailing instructions and agreements; records of prizes won from captured ships; logbooks; crew lists; insurance policies; import certifications; and others. The collection also ranges widely over time, from a 1660-1663 journal (in Dutch) kept aboard the ships Golden Beaver and  Golden Otter to a 1942 transcript concerning a fire aboard the S.S.  Normandie at New York’s Pier 88.
Quantity: 2.84 Linear feet in two document boxes, one oversize flat box, and one oversize folder
Call Phrase: MS 563