|Noun||1.||ship's papers - official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.|
SHIP'S PAPERS. Those documents which are required on board of neutral ships,
as evidence of their neutrality, These are the passports, sea-letter,
muster-roll, charter party, bill of lading, invoices, log book, bill of
health, register, and papers containing proofs of property. 1 Chit. Com. Law
2. The want of these papers, or either of them, renders the character of a vessel suspicious. Vide Clearance, and 2 Boulay Paty, Dr. Com. 14.