William Christopher Seaman operated a ferry across Back Bay, Biloxi, Mississippi. Below is the original document describing the ferry license and fee schedule. This document is taken from the Harrison County Police Board Minutes, Book 1, p. 42 and 43.
|Harrison County, Mississippi Courthouse Archives, Board of Police Minutes, Book 1, p 42|
|Harrison County, Mississippi Courthouse Archives, Board of Police Minutes, Book 1, p 43|
Here is a decode of the above document.
Ordered by the board that there be and there
is hereby established a Public Ferry in the rear
of the village of Biloxi, across the Back Bay
of Biloxi to start from the end of the Road commonly
called “Lameuse Road” on the property now
owned by William C. Seaman Esq. and to
cross the said Back Bay in the most direct and
convenient way, and the said William C. Seaman Esq.
on his entering into Bond in the sum of
Two hundred Dollars conditioned according
to law shall have the right to charge and collect the
following rate of Hirriage and no more, to wit
For Foot Passengers Twenty five cents each
For Man & Horse Fifty cents
For one horse cart Seventy five cents
For a two horse Carriage One dollar
For meat Cattle Twelve and a half cents each
For Hogs &Sheep Six and a quarter cents each