1800 Federal Treasury Department Circular Signed Clarifying the Registration of Ships or Vessels
March 14, 1800-Dated Federal Period, Printed Document, Treasury Department Circular Signed, “Jno. Steele” as Comptoller, Clarifying the Registration of Ships or Vessels, Choice Very Fine.
This original Treasury Department Circular, 8” x 9.5”, 3 pages plus Intregal Address Leaf, FREE Frank of “Jno. Steele” as Comptoller, (Washington). Docket on reverse. Partial separation at vertical center fold. This Circular was sent to clarify that ships or vessels were required to “...have her name as well as that of the port to which she belongs, painted on her stern.” It appears that some ships had the information painted on a board or cloth that could be easily removed, which could be perverted to improper uses. Also included with this circular is a new form for the “...cancelling exportation Bonds...”.