Monday, December 31, 2012

Ship Building

In 1661 fifty pounds of tobacco a ton were granted to every person in the Colony who should construct a vessel large enough to make a sea voyage. If the vessel was built in excess of 100 tons, the reward was to be 200 pounds of tobacco a ton.  However, the colonist must not retain possession of the vessel for three years unless he disposed of his interest as a citizen of Virginia. Source: Hening's Statutes, p. 537.

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