American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The documents, such as the ship's license, logbook, or bills of lading, that a ship must carry under international law and that must be shown on inspection.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mar. Law) papers with which a vessel is required by law to be provided, and the production of which may be required on certain occasions. Among these papers are the register, passport or sea letter, charter party, bills of lading, invoice, log book, muster roll, bill of health, etc.
- n. official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.
“His ship's papers documented him as Igor Voranski, seaman first class, Soviet Merchant Marine.”
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