If you are a shipbuilder in Canada then you probably find it a bother to register a newly built vessel. Maybe it was simpler in 1848. History buffs will be interested in the form they needed to submit:Registering a vessel in 1848
They had impressive forms back then:
The form was filled out in cursive, by someone who was skilled with a pen :
I don’t think the owner, John MacPherson of Kingston Esquire, filled this out himself. More likely there was a clerk in a law office doing this.
The images above are courtesy of Canadiana.ca, which curates a huge online archive related to Canadian history.