In maritime law, a sea protest is a statement obtained after a ship enters port when it has encountered a rough voyage and has lost cargo. The protest is to protect the ship’s owner from liability.
The “Harvest” was a 646-ton ship built in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1857. Two years later, in August 1859, she was carrying a cargo of lumber to the UK when she ran aground during a squall in the harbor at Bristol.
In order to get her off the bar, her captain, David Loring, was forced to jettison some of the cargo. Offering five documents, 10 pp total, including a three-page folio Instrument of Protest which describes the incident in detail and is signed by Loring and his two mates. This is accompanied by a Statement of General Average for the “Harvest,” showing money spent of legal matters related to the loss, and the value of ship and cargo. These documents are accompanied by two detailed crew lists, showing crewman, position, wages, nationality and three who deserted the ship.
Some short tears on folds of documents, with no loss. Generally clean and legible. All seals and signatures intact.
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