Search for crew lists by official number

 

Search for crew lists by official number

This page is an index of the crew lists held in archives around the British Isles and elsewhere. It returns the vessel's name, the archive holding the documents, the years for which they hold records and, if possible, the reference for the documents. Where the year appears more than once, there are several documents for that year. If no years are shown against an archive, there are crew lists for that vessel but we do not have the dates.

The information has been drawn from the CLIP transcriptions or the archive's catalogue (with permission).

Beware! CLIP data is far from complete and we are still adding to it. The absence of a record in our list does not mean that it isn't there in the archive.

Please use our index in conjunction with the Maritime History Archive (MHA) Crew List Index.

Please see the CLIP data page for more details on sources, the abbreviations we have used, and acknowledgements.

Crew lists in BT98 at TNA from 1857 to 1860

All the crew lists for ships from British ports for the period 1857 to 1860 are at TNA in BT98. The crew lists are boxed by year, then by official number. One official number may be in more than one box. Each box has a reference number and the catalogue shows the range of official numbers in each box so, for example, the crew lists for 1858 for the vessel Albion, with official number 1000 is likely to be in BT 98/5107, which holds official numbers 991 to 1050.

Bear in mind that there may not be documents for every official number in the range, so there is no guarantee that documents for a particular ship are actually in that box - they may never have existed, or they may have been lost, destroyed, or simply mis-filed (it happens, often) in the years since 1858.

To find the appropriate reference number, you can consult TNA's catalogue, or (simpler) use the CLIP crew list tool in this section.

To obtain a copy of a document, you will have to visit TNA, or employ a researcher to do so, or order a copy via TNA's catalogue page.

The LDS Church has filmed these records and you can order a film via their web site, so that you can view it at a Family History Centre at a LDS church near you. NB! We've not tried this.

You can order from LDS online, and the catalogue page for the 1857-1860 crew lists is here. Scroll down their catalogue page to see the list of the films.

 Crew lists for British ships in BT98, 1857-1860

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Crew lists in BT98 at TNA before 1857

All the crew lists for ships from British ports prior to 1857 are at TNA in BT98, together with some boxes of records from colonial ports. The crew lists are boxed by year, then by port of registry, and then in alphabetic order. There may be several boxes for one year and port, covering a range of ships names. Each box has a reference so, for example, Aberystwyth ships with names starting D-H for 1851 are in BT 98/2382.

To find the appropriate reference number, you can consult TNA's catalogue, or (simpler) use the CLIP crew list tool in this section.

Apart from the Family History Indexes transcripts for 1851 (below), no further indexing is available for BT 98, so to find a crew list you will have to visit TNA, or engage a researcher to do so, and work through the boxes. If you do not know the name of the ship, you will have to be guided by the port rotation numbers on the crew lists, which may be in ascending order.

It may be possible to get an image by ordering via the TNA catalogue page, but you would probably need to know the name of the ships, so that only one box has to be searched. We have no experience of this.

Family History Indexes have crew name indexes for many of the records for 1851, particularly Irish, Scottish and Welsh ports. These are available on CD-ROM (£) or online via The Genealogist (£). The search tool above highlights the records they have available.

The LDS Church has filmed these records and you can order a film via their web site, so that you can view it at a Family History Centre at a LDS church near you. You can order online, and the catalogue page for the pre-1857 crew lists is here. Scroll down their catalogue page to see the list of the films.

Crew lists for British ports in BT98, 1845-1856

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