New York: American Shipmasters' Association, 1877. 48 pp. Textured paper wrappers. Gilt stamp. This book details the instructions for how to survey and classify a ship according to the rules provided by the American Shipmasters' Association. The book starts with a list of resolutions and recommendations of the NY Board of Underwriters in conjunction with a list of prominent merchants that support these new regulations for the building and classifications of American shipping vessels. Each vessel must be survey and classified by an approved agent/surveyor (list provided), and a sample certificate is provided. The book continues on to detail how future construction of shipping vessels, either wood or iron, can meet these rules. There are a few blank pages at then end of the book, on one of these pages is an incomplete letter dated February 16, 1878 to a 'dear Frank'. The letter is written by an unknown individual updating Frank on the comings and goings of their friends and family. It is clear by the letter, and the talk of storms at sea, that Frank is a sailor of some kind. The front cover features a gilded stamp design of en eagle holding an anchor on a rock with a ship a full sail in the background. Surrounding this design is a decorative border of rope with an anchor in each corner. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2" Light damage to covers. Some fading. Back cover has minor separation of the cover from its end papers. Minor soiling and toning due to age.