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better to Encourage Merchants and for the Dispatch of Trade and [torn] pray your most Sacred
Majesty That it may be Enacted and be it [Enacted by] the Governour Council and General
Assembly of this Province And it is Hereby Enacted by the A[uthority of] the Same That from
and After the first Day of October which will be in the Year of our Lord [torn] Every Ship Sloop
or Other Deck’d Vessel comeing into Port Roanoak shall be Loaded and unloaded at [torn] and at
no Other Places, River Creek or Landing whatsoever in said Port or District And every [torn] or
Other Deck’d Vessel comeing into Port Curratuck shall be Loaded and unloaded from the
Cou[torn] for the County of Curratuck, and Every Ship Sloop or Other Deck’d Vessel comeing
into Port [torn] shall be Loaded and unloaded at Newbern or Beaufort Town or a Place called
Bear Inlet. And [every Ship] Sloop or Other Deck’d Vessel Comeing into Port Brunswick shall
be Laded and unladed at Brunswick [torn] Wilmington and at no Other Places whatsoever within
the said Ports and their Districts And be it [further] Enacted by the Authority aforsaid that if Any
Master or Commander of any Ship Sloop or Other Vessel comeing into or Going Out of any the
Ports or Places aforsaid shall take in their Load or Cargo [torn] Part thereof (Lumber Bricks and
Salt Excepted) on board his said Ship Sloop or Other Deck’d Vessel or [torn] his Cargoe or any
Part thereof in any Other Place River Creek or Landing in the several Ports or D[torn] than by
this Act particularly Directed mentioned and Appointed for the same that then Such [torn]
Commander so offending shall forfeit and pay the Sum of Twenty Pounds Proclamation Money
[torn] and Every Offence contrary to the true Intent and meaning of this Act which forfeitures
shall be recovered by [Bill] Plaint or Information in any Court of Record within this Government
wherein no Essoin Injunction [or Wager] of Law shall be allowed or admitted of any Law usage
or Custom to the Contrary in any Wise Notwithstanding one halfe to the Informer the Other halfe
to his M[ajesty to] be paid and Applyed by the Commissioners appointed for Facilitating
Navigation in each Port and also the Commissioners of [torn] or the Majority of them towards
building and Erecting Publick Warfs in the most Convenient places in each of the said Towns
and Publick Landings.
And Be it Further Enacted by the Authority aforsaid that if any Collector of [His] Majestys
Customes within any of the Aformentioned Ports shall give any Permitt for Loading [or]
unlading any Ship Sloop or Other Trading deck’d Vessel contrary to the true intent and meaning
[torn] he Shall forfeit and pay the Sum of Twenty Pounds Proclamation Money for each and
Every o[torn] Recovered and Applyed as aforesaid and also every Merchant that shall Lade and
unlade any Ship [torn] other Deckd Vessel contrary to the true Intent and Meaning of this Act
Shall forfeit and pay the Sum of [torn] Pounds Proclamation Money to be recovered and applyed
as aforesaid And Be it Further [Enacted] by the Authority aforesaid That if any Master or
Commander of any Ship Sloop or other Deck’d [torn] Any Other Person or Persons On board the
Same going for Lomber or to unlade Salt or [torn] Shall retail any Rum Punch or Other Liquor
which shall be drank on board his [torn] He or they so offending for Each and Every Offence
Shall forfeit and pay the Sum of five P[ounds] Proclamation money to be recovered and Applyed
as aforsaid Provided That nothing [torn] Act shall Extend to Vessels One halfe Whereof are
really and bona fide Owned by [torn] of this Province who shall make Oath before the Collector
of the Port if Required that [torn] Such Vessel claimed by him or them truly and really belongs to
him or them and that the same [torn] Over or Sold to him or them under any Colour whatsoever.
Gab. Johnston
[illegible]
J. Hodgson Speaker
General Assembly Session Records, North Carolina State Archives
Repealed by an act of 1745. State Records, 23:219-220.
Disclaimer About Port Bath shipping records and other North Carolina
colonial port shipping records
I am not a historian or amateur genealogist and don’t aspire to either category, I just wanted to find out more in time for
the 300th anniversary year of Port Bath in the 1715 era. The shipping references included in this manuscript anyone can
find in the oldest Beaufort County deed book and/or assorted court records indicating people, vessels and cargo. Granted
for today we cannot know which vessel may or may not have officially cleared Port Bath customs in 1700-1730. If the
corresponding official Port Bath customs records pages are ever found for the early 1700’s, or reconstructed, it will be
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