With what aspects of ship’s business might a proper officer be concerned?

Engagement and discharge of crew, crew agreements, list of crew, and exemption provisions; seamen’s wages and wages disputes; relief and repatriation of seamen left behind; returns and reports of births and deaths at sea; inquiries into deaths; Official Log Books; manning of ships; health, provisions and water; seamen’s documents; masters’ protests (“sea protests”) and certified log extracts; and many other matters.

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