Source Information Aberystwyth, Wales, Indexes to Crew Lists, 1850-1914 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2022.
Original data: Crew accounts and agreements (generally known as crew lists), 1856-1914, for vessels registered at the port of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales, UK. This dataset was transcribed by volunteers as part of the National Library of Wales Volunteering Programme, 2015.

About Aberystwyth, Wales, Indexes to Crew Lists, 1850-1914

General collection information

This collection contains information derived from civilian crew lists filed at the port of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales, between 1856 and 1914. The crew lists contain personal information about sailors and their records on the ships they manned.

Using this collection

Records in this collection may include the following information:

  • Names of crew members
  • Birth year
  • Birthplace
  • Age at end of employment
  • Address
  • Starting and ending dates of employment
  • Occupation
  • Ship names
  • The information from these crew lists could be used to track your ancestor's career as a British merchant sailor. They may answer questions about when your ancestor was at sea, and the jobs they performed during their service.

    Collection in context

    The original crew lists were created by shipmasters and were filed with the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen at the Aberystwyth port's Mercantile Marine Office. Data from the crew lists was transcribed by volunteers in coordination with the National Library of Wales.

    During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the port of Aberystwyth was the second busiest port in Wales and the town's main employer.


    Johnson, Ben. "Aberystwyth." Historic UK. Accessed May 18, 2022.

    National Museums Liverpool. "Tracing seafaring ancestors in the Merchant Navy." Accessed May 18, 2022.

    The National Library of Wales. "NLW Data: Aberystwyth Shipping Records." Accessed May 18, 2022.