Ships and vessels of all kinds built, repaired, fitted, furnished and supplied with
necessities for navigation within this State, shall be subject to a lien for all debts
contracted by the builders, owners, master, agents or consignees thereof for work
done or materials and supplies found or provided in the building, repairing, fitting,
furnishing, supplying or equipping of the same in preference to any other debt due
from the builders, masters, owners, agents or consignees thereof, except for salvage,
and such debts shall be a lien upon the ship or vessel in the same manner as if the
work had been done or the materials or supplies had been furnished outside of this
State and in a port foreign to the home port of the ship or vessel.
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