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The document giving permission to sail by the custom house in a port to the master of a vessel going foreign. It is given after inspection of the ship's registry, its crew list and articles, receipts for port charges, the bill of health, and the manifest. The accuracy of all these papers has to be sworn by the master before clearance can be given. A ship is cleared to sail when all these formalities have been observed.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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