from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Articles of agreement between the captain of a vessel and the seamen on board in respect to the amount of wages, length of time for which they are shipped, etc.
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We had signed new shipping-articles for the schooner, extending the engagements made when we entered on board the Crisis, to this new vessel, or any other she might capture.
I never took the precaution to change my name, at any period of my life, with the exception, that I dropped the Robert, in signing shipping-articles.
I saw she was loaded, and was soon given to understand that her shipping-articles were then open, and the serious question was of procuring a third-mate.
A full set of ships 'papers seems to have consisted, at least in Dutch practice, of a bill of health (see doc.no. 197), a sea-letter or let-pass (docs.nos. 129, 130), a muster-roll (_rôle d'équipage_) or shipping-articles of the crew, and a clearance for the cargo.] _Interro.