ship's papers

plural noun

Definition of ship's papers

: the papers a ship is legally required to carry for due inspection to show the character of the ship and cargo

First Known Use of ship's papers

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Ship's papers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ship%27s%20papers. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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