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New York State Court of Admiralty Minutes and Case Papers

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of admiralty claims cases filed within the jurisdiction of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Claims relate to prize cases; seamen’s wages and treatment; salvage; evasion of customs regulations; insubordination; attempted mutiny; and passenger assault. Files may contain libels, monitions, claims and answers, interrogatories, depositions, and court orders. Prize cases are most common and include libels, processes, pleadings, court decrees, condemned property sales, bills of cost, muster rolls, ship owner's instructions, invoices of goods laden, and certificates of clearance.
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0.1 cubic feet (1 microfilm reel)
Inclusive Dates:
1685-1838
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1685-1775
Series Number:
A3296

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of cases relating to admiralty claims filed within the jurisdiction of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Claims relate to: prize cases; seamen's wages; salvage cases; actions arising out of evasions of customs regulations; cases involving cruel and unusual treatment of seamen; insubordination and attempted mutiny; assault upon passengers of an immigrant ship for publicly objecting to a short allowance of food; and proceedings initiated by the Surveyor of His Majesty's Woods in America against individuals for cutting down white pine trees reserved for masts of vessels of the Royal Navy. Files may contain libels, monitions, claims and answers, interrogatories, depositions, court orders, and other papers.

The prize cases are the most numerous and consist of libels, processes, pleadings, decrees of the court, accounts of sales of condemned property, bills of cost, and papers found on board prize vessels at the time of their seizure and delivered to the court, such as charter parties, muster rolls, instructions from owners to the captains, invoices of goods laden on the ships, and certificates of clearance.

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Microfilm: 1 reel; 35 mm.

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Related Materials

Series A3297 Case papers, contains related records and

Series J0043 (Accretion J0043-92) Record of Wills and Probates, contains some minutes and proceedings of the Court of Vice-Admiralty, 1666, 1668 (in volume 1) and 1683 (in volume 2). New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, MssCol 2230, New York Court of Vice Admiralty records, 1753-1770 (1 vol.). Record of proceedings (mostly prize cases during the Seven Years’ War, 1756-1763). Digital version included in the New York Public Library's "Early American Manuscripts" website.

Location of Original MaterialOriginals in: National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 21, Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2004; One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10004.

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Microfilm has unsatisfactory resolution resulting in out-of-focus images throughout the roll.

Originals in: National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 21, Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2004; One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Records are abstracted in Charles Merrill Hough, ed., Reports of Cases in the Vice Admiralty of the Province of New York and in the Court of Admiralty of the State of New York 1715-1788 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1925).

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