Friday, February 03, 2006


British Merchant Seamens' Records 19th Century:

"Organised service records of a seaman's career do not commence until1835. If you are searching for a Master Mariner or Mate whose service fell after 1845, you should read also the Guide to researching Master Mariners as the records are different.
The Merchant Shipping Act of 1835 required masters of all ships to file Agreements and Crew Lists with the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. The Government saw the need for registering all seamen who could be called upon to man Naval ships in times of war - the RGSS extracted names of all men from the Crew Lists and entered them into a series of Registers.
These registers are filed at the Public Record Office"

MN Index

Mariners list


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