1864 Port of Philadelphia Manuscript & Printed Bill of Lading Entry of Merchandise Customs Duties for the Schooner West Wind, Gilmore Master from Turks Island for a Cargo of Salt Imported By John Mason Co.
(Americana - 19th Century - Civil War - Shipping - Customs Duties)

Philadelphia, PA: Not Published, 1864. F Bill of lading & Entry of Merchandise form, completed in manuscript. Dated 12 March, 1864 for the Schooner West Wind; Gilmore, master, sailing from Turks Island; bringing in a cargo of 4826 bushels of salt. The goods were imported by John Mason & Co. and are listed in the packages and contents section of the form. The quantities are calculated for customs duties and signed by the agents in charge in manuscript. The reverse with the District and Port of Philadelphia bill of lading affirmation printed information, not filled-in and with receipted note of duties paid on the blank panel at the bottom of the sheet. Form with a small woodcut sailing ship at upper left corner, printed and sold by John C. Clark & Son 230 Dock Street, Philadelphia. The document approx. 11" x 16 3/4" size; with old fold lines, little nicks to the paper edges, edge-soiling; in good condition. Interesting American Civil War era maritime business, shipping & customs imports history ephemera. The National Almanac and Annual Record for nautical events noted in 1863 that this schooner with another ship had been chased by the Confederate privateer Retribution into the harbor of St. Thomas. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 25342)


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