Registering a vessel in 1848

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.

MacPherson was likely the elder brother of  Sir David Lewis MacPherson, senator, whose biography is at bio. David is named as a co-owner, as is their business partner Samuel Crane bio.

The images above are courtesy of, which curates a huge online archive related to Canadian history.

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