[Havana. 1850s?]. 4pp. on a bifolium, 15 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches. Printed in three columns. Previously folded, with some short separations along fold lines, and a closed tear to top edge. Somewhat tanned, with some dust soiling in upper portion of first leaf recto. Good plus. Item #WRCAM51706
Bifolium printing of twenty-four directives intended to govern the operation of vessels in the port of Havana. They include provisions for the arrival and departure of ships, their docking and mooring, the storage of gunpowder while in port, fire prevention, and penalties for carrying firearms or other deadly weapons ashore. The document is printed in three columns, which provide versions of the regulations in Spanish, English, and French. Daniel Warren, mentioned here as the port officer in charge of preventing desertions and illegal transfers of men from ship to ship, is also named as Havana shipping master in an 1858 letter from the American Consul, Thomas Savage, to the Governor of Havana, included in a contemporary United States Senate report on foreign trade. "As early as 1828, Irish migrant Daniel Warren established 'a deposit for foreign sailors and artisans' in Havana, providing an initial place for them to stay while looking for work"- Curry-Machado. A very rare piece of Cuban maritime ephemera, with OCLC noting only one copy at the Harvard Law Library. OCLC 81408661. Curry-Machado, CUBAN SUGAR INDUSTRY, p.74.