United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/1st Congress/3rd Session/Chapter 2
Act of March 2, 1799, ch. 22, sec. 85.Whereas it sometimes happens, that ships or vessels are obstructed by ice in their passage to the ports of their destination, and it is necessary that provision should be made for unlading such ships or vessels:
In cases of obstruction by ice, collector may receive entry at any other place within his district.Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases where a ship or vessel shall be prevented by ice from getting to the port at which her cargo is intended to be delivered, it shall be lawful for the collector of the district, in which such ship or vessel may be so obstructed, to receive the report and entry of any such ship or vessel, and with the consent of the naval officer (where there is one) to grant a permit or permits for unlading or landing the goods, wares or merchandise imported in such ship or vessel at any place within his district, which shall appear to him to be most convenient and proper.
Under the usual regulations in other countries.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the report and entry of such ship or vessel, and of her cargo, or any part thereof, and all persons concerned therein, shall be under and subject to the same rules, regulations, restrictions, penalties and provisions, as if the said ship or vessel had arrived at the port of her destination, and had there proceeded to the delivery of her cargo.
Approved, January 7, 1791.