Guide to the Coastal Trading Licenses, 1846, 1854

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Coastal Trading Licenses
1846, 1854
Collector of Customs for the U.S. Customs District of Nantucket
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Coastal Trading Licenses collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Vessels (Ships).

Biographical Information

The District and Port of Nantucket, Mass., issued permanent licenses to vessels above twenty tons, allowing them to carry on the coasting trade for one year.

Scope and Content

The Coastal Trading Licenses ollection includes licenses that not only name the vessel and master and give the date of licensing, but also name the people who have given bond, the place of enrollment, and the tonnage of the vessel.

All licenses, with the exception of one license from 1846, are from 1854.


OPF-27/1 Coastal trading licenses, A-J, 1846, 1854
OPF-27/1 Coastal trading licenses, P-W, 1854

Items Separated

  • Oversize Paper Folders (OPF-27/1–2)

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, October 2018.

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