This collection comprises records relating to registers of seamen and crew lists. Crew lists and agreements for British-registered merchant ships had their beginnings in 1835 with the Merchant Shipping Act. Crew lists were required twice a year from ships involved in “home trade,” or in other words, vessels operating in British waters. Agreements were created for foreign-going vessels for each voyage. Log books were not required until 1850 and became more common in the 20th century.
Details available vary but users may find:
- Birth date
- Birth place
- Date of voyage
- Date of death