I've worked aboard ships and the ship's stamp is usually kept in a locked draw in the Captain's cabin
or the safe. In many ports
the stamp is more important than the Captain's signature and in third world countries (especially former British colonies) the ship's stamp carries undue weight.
I never thought much about stamps until I became Captain
. I somehow assumed they were issued by the flag state after submitting a large check accompanied by a multiple of forms in triplicate.... so, when the time came, I was hesitant to submit a purchase
order but pleasantly surprised when the marine
superintendent canceled the order with the comment "Just have the agent swing by Office Depot"
So, yes, I'd agree that having a stamp is very important in some parts
of the world but you don't need anything fancy... just stop by Office Depot and ask for a stamp with the boat name and number surrounded by a nice border.