Merchant shipper's assistant and common carrier's guide, bound with The seaman's assistant

Merchant shipper's assistant and common carrier's guide, bound with The seaman's assistant
The merchant shipper's assistant and common carrier's guide : containing the liabilities of ship-owners, shipmasters, railroad companies, owners of steamboats, ferrymen, canal-boatmen, express-men, stage-coachmen, hackmen, cabmen, truckmen, carmen, handcartmen : and the laws relating to marine & inland insurance ... / by the author of the Seaman's assistant. 1st ed. / from the 4th of the Shipper's & carrier's assistant ; greatly improved and enlarged. Boston : I.R. Butts, 1850. viii, [5]-104 pages ; 19 cm. Bound with: The seaman's assistant : coaster's & fisherman's guide, and master's and mate's manual : including the passenger laws of 1819, '47, '48 and '49; seamen's wages tables for the day and month; navy ration; scale for victualling vessels; ready reckoner; rules for dunnaging vessels, &c. / by I.R. Butts. Boston : I.R. Butts ..., 1849. vi, [7]-120 pages ; 19 cm.
Original Format
12cm x 19cm
Local Identifier
HE745 .B88 1850
Location of Original
Joyner Rare
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Sarah McLusky Jul 03 2017

Special Collections holds many books dealing with nautical themes. Among them is Isaac Ridler Butts’ 1850 The Merchant Shipper’s Assistant and 1849 The Seaman’s Assistant - Joyner’s copies were bound together, so we have two books in one!<br><br>The first helped shipmasters, owners, and shipping companies understand insurance laws related to their business, while the second gave sailors an idea of their rights. Butts’ company printed similar volumes of insurance and business laws for landlords, tenants, mechanics, and farmers.<br><br>The second, the Seaman’s Assistant, shifts focus from shipping companies to the people who worked for them. It lists requirements for sailors’ food (lots of salt beef and pork). It also explains what companies had to pay if they left a sailor behind in a foreign port (two months’ extra wages to the sailor, one month’s to the American consulate to help support other destitute sailors).<br><br>At ECU, 18th-century pirates like Blackbeard get most of the attention. Even in the 19th century, however, The Seaman’s Assistant still lists the penalties for piracy (which included fines, hard labor, and death).

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