Dear Mr. Bowman,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Shipping Articles, 1841 - 1874, Crew Lists for the Port of New York, 1803 - 1919, Records of Coastwise Clearances, 1822 - 1899, and Inward and Outward Foreign Manifests, 1790 - 1918 in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that may include information regarding government ships departing the port of New York. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located the series Quarterly Abstracts of Seamen's Protection Certificates for New York, New York, 1815 - 1869 in Record Group 36 that may offer related documents as well. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
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