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SUPERCARGO, mar. law. A person specially employed by the owner of a cargo to take charge of the merchandise which has been shipped, to sell it to the best advantage, and to purchase returning cargoes and to receive freight, as he may be authorized.
     2. Supercargoes have complete control over the cargo, and everything which immediately concerns it, unless their authority is either expressly or impliedly restrained. 12 East, R. 381. Under certain circumstances, they are responsible for the cargo; 4 Mass. 115; see 1 Gill & John. 1; but the supercargo has no power to interfere with the government of the ship. 3 Pardes. n. 646; 1 Boulay-Paty, Dr. Com. 421.

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Clay, supra note 27, at 204 ("The mission priests traded directly with the ships' captains and supercargoes who brought goods to the coast.
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An Act for Holding Special or Extraordinary Courts of Common Pleas, for the Trial of Causes Arising Between Merchants, Dealers, and Others, and Ship-masters, Supercargoes, and Other Transient Persons, [section] 1 (1763), in ACTS PASSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA 10, 11 (Savannah, James Johnston 1764) (authorizing the appointment of a special or extraordinary court upon petition by "any ship-master, supercargoe, or other transient person or persons, who shall have any dispute or difference with any merchant, dealer, or other person or persons, touching any contract, agreement, sale, promise, debt or demand whatsoever, made or arising within this province" when there would be "great inconvenience and damage" by having to pursue the matter in the ordinary course of proceeding).