Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872

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The Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872 was a United States law dealing with American mariners serving in the United States Merchant Marine.

Among other things, the act:

  • was passed to combat crimps.[1]
  • required that a sailor had to sign on to a ship in the presence of a federal shipping commissioner.[1]
  • required that a seaman be paid off in person.[1]

The presence of a shipping commissioner was intended to ensure the sailor wasn't "forcibly or unknowingly signed on by a crimp."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bauer, 1988:284.


  • 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.