Dingley Act (shipping)

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The act was introduced by Nelson Dingley, Jr.

The Dingley Act of 1884 was a United States law introduced by U.S. Representative Nelson Dingley, Jr. of Maine dealing with American mariners serving in the United States Merchant Marine.

Among other things, the act:

  • prohibited advances on wages,[1] and
  • limited the making of seamen's allotments to only close relatives.[1]

In 1886, a loophole to the Dingley Act was created, allowing boardinghouse keepers to receive seamen's allotments.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bauer, 1988:285.


  • Bauer, K. Jack (1988). A Maritime History of the United States: The Role of America's Seas and Waterways. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina. ISBN 0-87249-519-1. 
  • "Andrew Furuseth Special Edition" (PDF). West Coast Sailors, March 12, 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2007. 

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