What is General Ship?

Legal Definition
One which is employed by the master or owners, on a particular voyage, and is hired by a number of persons, unconnected with each other, to convey their respective goods to the place of destination.

2. This contract, although usually made with the master, and not with the owners, is considered in law to be made with them also, and that both he and they are separately bound to the performance of it. Abbott on Ship. 112, 215, 216.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Where a ship is not chartered wholly to one person, but the owner offers her generally to carry the goods of all comers, or where, if chartered to one person, he offers her to several subfreighters for the conveyance of their goods, she is called a "general" ship, as opposed to a "chartered" one. Brown. A vessel in which the master or owners engage separately with a number of persons unconnected with each other to convey their respective goods to the place of the ship's destination. Ward v. Green, 6 Co.w. (N. Y) 173, 16 Am. Dec. 437.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
One in which the masters or owners engage separately with a number of persons unconnected with each other to convey their respective goods to the place of the ship’s destination. See 6 Cow. (N. Y.) 173, 16 Am. Dec. 437.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary