Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872

The Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872 was a United States law dealing with American mariners serving in the United States Merchant Marine.

Among other things, the act:

The presence of a shipping commissioner was intended to ensure the sailor wasn't "forcibly or unknowingly signed on by a crimp."[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Bauer, 1988:284.


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