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AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE SHIPMASTERS' CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY
 
  

  
Your chance to get a fine quality collector offical certificate of America's early maritime history. This is perfect for the serious collector or as a focal point in your decor.
Presented is an engraved document, approximately 10" T x 15 1/4" W, enclosed by 3/8" embellished chain link border with hawse pipe at the top two corners. "American Ship Master's Association " is engraved on the upper portion of the certificate with the Serial No. 4648 positioned to its upper left. Below is an engraving of a full-rigged ship under storm canvas to the right, New York. 19 April, 1868. New York was home of the Association and site of the 1866 examinations which are recorded sideways on the left side. Centered is the name of the Master, William A. Spear. The signature of the certificate holder was required, as were the signatures of various members of the society. In this case, the certification of passing the exam on 19 April, 1866 seems to be signed by B.A. Sheldon, Examiner in Nautical Science, and countersigned by W.W. Story, Examiner in Seamanship. Under the word "COUNCIL", there are there illegible signatures across the center, and below what is believed to be signatures of Ambrose Snow and  Geo. W. Blunt and below those of P.H. Upton, Sec and J.D Hones, Pres. (George W Blunt was the founder and owner of the famous nautical instrument and publishing company which bore his name). There are four beautifully engraved pictures interspersed around the signature fields, three of which depict sailors at various work, and one a resting female with trident.
 
CONDITION:  Generally in good overall condition. The paper is somewhat brittle and has been water stained at the bottom and  by having been mounted on a unfinished wood backing which over time has colored it. The engraving is sharp and clear and the signatures are well defined, but in some cases difficult to make out because of the highly stylized penmanship. Some of  document's right edge has broken off because the frame was slightly smaller than it should be. These pieces have been saved. 
 
In addition to the certificate, the buyer will receive what is appears to be a very early frame with old glass in which it was originally mounted when we received it.

                        The Holder

                          Council Members
            Full Rigged Ship under Storm Sails
                     Impressively Elegant





HISTORY, YESTERDAY & TODAY:


 The American Shipmasters' Association was organized in 1861 to improve the American Mercantile Marine Service and the general skill and moral character of those attached to the seamen's profession. Licenses had been issued intermittently by the United States Steamboat Inspection Service, but no continuous effort had been made to insure the skill and character of shipmasters until John D. Hones, one of the signatories on the above certificate, called together maritime insurers, shipbuilders, government officials and maritime experts to form the American Shipmasters' Association in 1861. The ASA began issuing certificates to qualified mates and masters of sailing vessels even before its incorporation in 1862, receiving the first application from Captain Isaiah Pratt in September 1861. To receive a certificate, seamen had to meet rigorous requirements, including six years experience at sea and a high score on the nautical science and seaman ship examinations administered by the ASA. Applicants also had to produce testimonials to their good character. Shipmasters whose qualifications were exceptional were designated "extra maters." Each certificate was valid for one year and could be renewed annually. Seamen retained their ASA numbers for life; no number was ever reissued to another man.
The engravings and ornamentation varied throughout the years that these Certificates were issued.
 
While ASA certificates were not officially required of shipmasters, they did serve as recommendations to ship-owners. A vessel with an ASA-certified master was more likely to find favorable insurance coverage than one whose master was not listed in the ASA's Register of Approved Shipmasters. The ASA continued its program of certification until 1900, by which time Federal law required that most shipmasters be licensed by the federal government of the United States. It then became known as the American Bureau of Shipping which is still in existence.

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