Naval Officers Book of Entries & Clearances - 1785-87
The Naval Officers Book of Entries & Clearances - 1785-87, which contains entries back to 1780, records the movements of numerous vessels to and from Accomack County, Virginia, their captains, their cargoes, the number of guns they sported, and the fees they paid. Most of the ships were sloops or schooners with names such as the Brothers Delight, the Friendship, the Honest Endeavour, and the Perseverance. Most were manned by small crews, and most cargo was sugar, rum, tobacco, salt, and similar items.

Many of these ships sailed to and from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Charleston, Baltimore, and Rhode Island, as well as Accomack County ports such as Onancock, Metompkin, and Pungoteague. Some sailed to Virginia ports in the James, Rappahannock and York Rivers. What may be surprising is that they also sailed to ports in the Bermudas and the West Indies. Ports mentioned in the records include Havana, St. Martins, Guadaloupe, St. Thomas, Grenada, St. Eustatius, St. Croix, Martinique, and Haiti.

The images below are arranged not according to their order of appearance in the book but according to page numbers added in pencil, possibly at the time the book was being fitted with a new cover. One can only speculate that many pages near the end had become loose and were numbered as a means of preserving their original locations. These pages would then have been attached at the end of the volume when the new cover--not a new binding--was attached.

These images are large, in some cases more than 600K, in order to provide maximum resolution. 
Cover 20-21 44-45 68-69 92-93 116 Loose Papers - a
i-ii 22-23 46-47 70-71 94-95 117 Loose Papers - b
0-1 24-25 48-49 72-73 96-97 119-120 with loose paper - a Loose Papers - c
2-3 26-27 50-51 74-75 98-99 119-120 with loose paper - b Loose Papers - d
4-5 28-29 52-53

76-77

100-101 121-122 Loose Papers - e
6-7 30-31 54-55 78-79 102-103 123-124 131
8-9 32-33 56-57 80-81 104-105 125-126  
10-11 34-35 58-59 82-83 106-107 127-128  
12-13 36-37 60-61 84-85 108-109 129-130  
14-15 38-39 62-63 86-87 110-111 129-130 with loose papers - a  
16-17 40-41 64-65 88-89 112-113 129-130 with loose papers - b  
18-19 42-43 66-67 90-91 114-115    

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