Regulation and Ordinance Concerning the Harbour-Duty, by Merchant Ships and Vessels in the Harbour of the Nieuwe Diep.
Ministry of the Marine, ( (1817)),
21 cm, 18 pp.
These “Regulations” – obviously intended for British and American eyes – consist of 34 articles giving instructions for entering the busy port on the southeast side of Amsterdam. They specify such things as how vessels should identify themselves, where and how they should tie up, priority of vessels in finding berths, prohibited activities (such as heating pitch or other combustibles), rules for keeping watch, procedures for dealing with ships on fire, quarantine regulations, and penalties for failing to follow instructions. Signed in type, “Secretary at the Ministry of the Marine, STRATENUS.” This would be Adam Anthony Stratenus (1779 – 1836), who was Secretary General of the Ministry of the Navy. “Thus enacted by Royal Decree… 1817.” Some abrasion to outer margin of first leaf, resulting in loss of a few letters, otherwise in good condition, with final pages unopened. Stab sewn, in contemporary wrapper of heavy paper. Signed on back blank, “Martin Page.”