ship's papers


plural noun

necessary papers presented at all legal inspections of a ship, and containing the owner's name, description of cargo, destination, etc.

Nearby words

  1. ship's articles,
  2. ship's biscuit,
  3. ship's boy,
  4. ship's company,
  5. ship's inertial navigation system,
  6. ship's store,
  7. ship's stores,
  8. ship-broker,
  9. ship-rigged,
  10. ship-to-shore

Origin of ship's papers

First recorded in 1655–65

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British Dictionary definitions for ship's papers

ship's papers

pl n

the documents that are required by law to be carried by a ship for the purpose of ascertaining details of her ownership, nationality, destination, and cargo or to prove her neutrality
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