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 for Shipping articles
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shipping \Ship"ping\, n.
     1. The act of one who, or of that which, ships; as, the
        shipping of flour to Liverpool.
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     2. The collective body of ships in one place, or belonging to
        one port, country, etc.; vessels, generally; tonnage.
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     3. Navigation. "God send 'em good shipping." --Shak.
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     Shipping articles, articles of agreement between the
        captain of a vessel and the seamen on board, in respect to
        the amount of wages, length of time for which they are
        shipping, etc. --Bouvier.
  
     To take shipping, to embark; to take ship. [Obs.] --John
        vi. 24. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shipping articles
      n 1: a contract between crew and captain of a ship [syn:
           articles of agreement, shipping articles]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SHIPPING ARTICLES, contr. mar. law. The act of congress of July 20, 1790, s. 
  1, directs that a master of any vessel bound from a port in the United 
  States to any foreign port, or of any vessel of fifty tons or upwards, bound 
  from a port in one state to a port in any other than at adjoining state, 
  shall, before he proceed on such voyage, make an agreement in writing or in 
  print, with every seaman or mariner on board such vessel, (except such as 
  shall be apprenticed or servant to himself or owners) declaring the voyage 
  or voyages, term or terms of time, for which such seaman or mariner shall be 
  shipped. 
       2. And by sect. 2, it is required that at the foot of every such 
  contract, there shall be a memorandum in writing, of the day and the hour on 
  which such seaman or mariner who shall so ship and subscribe, shall render 
  himself on board to begin the voyage agreed upon. 
       3. This instrument is called the shipping articles. For want of which, 
  the seaman is entitled to the highest wages which have been given at the 
  port or place where such seaman or mariner shall have been shipped for a 
  similar voyage within three months next before the time of such shipping, on 
  his performing the service, or during the time he shall continue to do duty 
  on board such vessel, without being bound by the regulations, nor subject to 
  the penalties and forfeitures contained in the said act of congress; and the 
  master is further liable to a penalty of twenty dollars. 
       4. The shipping articles ought not to contain any clause which 
  derogates from the general rights and privileges of seamen, and if they do, 
  such clause will be declared void. 2 Sumner, 443; 2 Mason, 541. 
       5. A seaman who signs shipping articles, is bound to perform the 
  voyage, and he has no right to elect to pay damages for non-performance of 
  the contract. 2 Virg. Cas. 276. 
       Vide, generally, Gilp. 147, 219, 452; 1 Pet. Ad. Dec. 212; Bee, 48; 1 
  Mason, 443; 5 Mason, 272; 14 John. 260. 
  
  

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