ship's papers

noun
necessary papers presented at all legal inspections of a ship, and containing the owner's name, description of cargo, destination, etc.

Origin:
1655–65

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ship's papers
 
pl n
the documents that are required by law to be carried by a ship for the purpose of ascertaining details of her ownership, nationality, destination, and cargo or to prove her neutrality

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Although no crew members were lost in the evacuation, all of the ship's papers, property and many valuables were.
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