Bills of Lading

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Juno sailed from the harbor of Newport to Savannah La Mar in Jamaica January 11, 1775.
Juno sailed from the harbor of Newport to Savannah La Mar in Jamaica January 11, 1775 carrying the following:

I delved into our collection of ships’ papers a couple of weeks ago in search of bills of lading, and more specifically, the descriptions created for the cargo on board. These documents were receipts issued by the ship master after verifying that the cargo was received in good order and condition before he shipped them to their destination.

Our bills of lading that span from the late 18th-20th century are not all identical like the cookie-cutter forms you see today, but they still have several similarities in their content like the names of the consignor and the consignee, a description of the goods with their weight or tonnage, their destination, and the rate of freight.   Read more