Portage Bill (1852)

American Maritime Documents 1776-1860

Stein, Douglas L. 1992

Portage Bill

A shipping document, varying in size and content, generally defined as a statement made out by the shipmaster at the end of a voyage, which shows the total earnings of each member of the crew. The document debits the owners for the gross total earning of all on board, and credits them with any sums they many have advanced to any one of the officers or crew.