Archives that hold crew listsWhen the crew list documents were dispersed In the 1970s, a 10% random sample was retained at The National Archives (TNA) and a further 10% - the years ending in 5 - was retained by the National Maritime Museum (NMM).
Each county archives was then offered the lists for its local ports of registration.
Some archives have nearly complete holdings - for example, the Isle of Man. Others have only a sample of the lists and the basis of the sample varies. In some cases, it is particular years - for example Gwent holds records for years ending in 9. Others, such as Devon, have one or two lists for every ship registered at the port.
Some record offices refused the crew lists - for example the only record for any Scottish port are some fishing lists at Aberdeen and a small sample at the National Archives of Scotland.
The rest of the lists, including the remainder for record offices which took samples, are now at the Maritime History Archive (MHA) in Newfoundland.
For more detail on the vessels and documents held, where possible we provide links to the archives online catalogue, and/or to the Access to Archives (A2A) listing for the archive. Unfortunately, the arrangement of many archive search engines makes providing these links difficult - we get you as close to the data as we can.
The table below shows the archives known to hold crew lists. Please let us know of any more which come to light!
The columns of the table show:
- the name of the repository, with a link to their web site.
- the port(s) of registry for which they hold lists, and
- the start year and
- the end year which the lists cover, though the runs may not be complete
- the reference code which the archive uses for their crew list holdings
- links to the archives online catalogue or the A2A catalogue for the archive
- notes of how to gain more information and indexes available
- the source of our information
Archives that hold crew lists
|Archive||Ports||Start||End||Archives reference||Catalogue||Notes||Information source|
|Anglesey Archives, Llangefni||Beaumaris||1863||1913||WDB||Extensive holdings for most vessels. CLIP name index completed.||Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow in Furness||Barrow||1863||1913||Z 3222 et seq||Online catalogue (CASCAT) shows crew lists for Barrow. Use CASCAT to search for 'Account of voyages and crew'||Archives online catalogue.|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office, Berwick-upon-Tweed||Berwick||1863||1913||Extended catalogue with crew names. CLIP index to this at the RO||Archives catalogue|
|Bristol Record Office, Bristol||Bristol||1863||1913||30182||Archives online catalogue and Discovery have list of vessels and documents. Bristol FHS have run computer indexing project, currently halted.||Discovery, Archives online catalogue|
|Cambridgeshire Archives, Cambridge||Wisbech||1863||1913||R70/61||Archives have an information sheet online here||Archives information sheet.|
|Carlisle Archive Centre, Carlisle||Carlisle||1863||1913||Archives online catalogue lists vessels.||Archives online catalogue.|
|Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Carmarthen||Carmarthen||1863||1913|
|Ceredigion Archives, Aberystwyth||Aberystwyth||1863||1913||TSR||Small sample. Extended catalogue includes crew names.||Archives online catalogue.|
|Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, Chester||Runcorn||1863||1913||NS||Archives online catalogue and Discovery|
|Cornwall Record Office, Truro||Falmouth||1863||1913||MSR||Small sample of records for most Cornish vessels.||Archives online catalogue.|
|Devon Heritage Services, Exeter||Barnstaple||1863||1913||1976||Small sample for most Devon vessels and photocopies of documents for vessels with a Devon connection held at MHA. Index at RO includes masters and owners. CLIP name index completed for all documents.||Discovery, Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|Dorset History Centre, Dorchester||Bridport||1863||1913||NG/SC/BT||The archives online catalogue shows vessels and documents. Search by Reference using the 'Expert' (!) search. CLIP data includes a 20% sample. Ancestry have completed a name index linked to images.||Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley||Goole||1864||1909||zDDX249||Small number of documents for Goole and Hull ships.||A2A|
|East Sussex Record Office, Lewes||Newhaven||1863||1913||RSS 1||Collection includes vessels from other ports. A2A has list of vessels and documents.||A2A|
|Essex Record Office, Chelmsford||Colchester||1863||1913||A4743||Archives online catalogue has list of boxes by port and year.||Archives online catalogue|
|Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden||Chester||1863||1913||SR||Collection includes vessels from other ports. Printed index at archive, included in CLIP data.||Archives catalogue and index, CLIP data|
|Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff||Cardiff||1863||1913||DCA||Archives have index to some years ending in 1.||Archives Wales|
|Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucester||Gloucester||1863||1913||D3080||A2A has list of documents.||A2A|
|Gwent Archives, Ebbw Vale||Chepstow||1863||1913||D.907||Mostly for years ending in 9 - CLIP index completed for both ports.||Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|Gwynedd Archives Service, Caernarfon||Caernarfon||1863||1913|
|Gwynedd Archives Service, Dolgellau||Aberystwyth||1863||1913||Z/DAI||Documents for Aberdyfi ships.||Archives catalogue|
|Hull City Archives, Hull||Hull||1884||1913||C DPF||Fishing records only. Online catalogue searcheable by names of individual seafarers.||Archives online catalogue|
|Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone||Deal||1863||1874||RGS/De1-3||See also RGS/FD1-24 and RGS/FR1-211 for fishing vessels from Dover and Ramsgate respectively. Discovery lists only Faversham vessels.||Archives online catalogue and Discovery|
|Lancashire Archives, Preston||Fleetwood||1863||1913||SS||A2A has list of vessels.||A2A and Archives online catalogue.|
|Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln||Boston||1863||1913||PRO/MSR|
|Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool||Liverpool||1863||1913||CLIP index for small percentage of vessels. Ancestry has made images of the documents and a name index is underway.||Archives catalogue.|
|Manchester Archives and Local Study, Manchester||Manchester||1894||1913||M110||A2A has list of vessels.||A2A|
|Manx National Heritage Library, Douglas||Castletown||1863||1913||9800||Extensive holdings for most vessels. CLIP index completed for all ports.||Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Rochester||Rochester||1863||1913||RGS_Ro||Archives online catalogue has list of vessels by year.||Archives online catalogue.|
|Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives, Liverpool||Liverpool||1863||1913||Sample of ships from various ports operated by Liverpool companies. CLIP index completed.||Archives catalogue and CLIP data.|
|National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh||Various||1867||1914||BT3||Class BT3 includes a small number of crew lists and agreements.||NAS online catalogue.|
|National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth||Aberystwyth||1863||1913||ABERSHIP||Archives online catalogue has list of vessels and documents.||Archives online catalogue|
|North East Lincolnshire Archives, Grimsby||Grimsby||1863||1914||208||Online catalogue is searcheable by individual names.||Archives online catalogue|
|North Yorkshire County Record Office, Northallerton||Middlesbrough||1861||1872||NG/RS||All records are on microfilm and there are copies at Teeside Archives Service, Middlesborough.||Archives online catalogue.|
|Northumberland Archives, Ashington||Blyth||1863||1913||NRO 00654||Archives online catalogue|
|Pembrokeshire Archives, Haverfordwest||Cardigan||1863||1913||T/RS||CLIP index for 1863, 1880, 1881.||Archives catalogue.|
|Portsmouth Records Service, Portsmouth||Cowes||1863||1913||CLIP index under way for both ports||Archives catalogue and CLIP data|
|Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast||Belfast||1857||1913||TRANS/2A, TRANS/2B||All Northern Ireland Records have been filmed by the LDS Church. PRONI online catalogue lists the vessels - browse for TRANS and dig down!||PRONI online catalogue.|
|Somerset Archive and Local Studies, Taunton||Bridgwater||1863||1913||DDRSS/1||The first electronic crew list index to be completed - available online. Archives online catalogue lists vessels.||Archives online catalogue and index.|
|Southampton Archives Service, Southampton||Southampton||1863||1913||DCrew||A2A has complete catalogue. Holdings include crew lists for shipping lines which sailed from Southampton. CLIP is currently transcribing the crew list for Union-Castle vessels.||A2A, Archives catalogue online, CLIP data|
|Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich||Ipswich||1863||1913||Archive has card index for both ports.|
|Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft||Lowestoft||1863||1913||Archive has card index to individual names.|
|The National Archives of Ireland, Dublin||Cork||1863||1913||All Irish records have been filmed by the National Archives of Ireland and the LDS Church.||Catalogue and card index at archives.|
|Tyne and Wear Archives, Newcastle upon Tyne||Shields||1863||1913||G.CRW||Online catalogue includes crew names as far as 1880.||Archives online catalogue.|
|University of Aberdeen Library, Aberdeen||Aberdeen||1891||1913||GB231/MS2791||Aberdeen trawlers.||Archives online catalogue|
|West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea||Swansea||1863||1913||D/D/PRO/CA/S/||CLIP index for 1881 completed. Full online index in progress - search here||Archives catalogue|
|West Sussex Record Office, Chichester||Arundel||1863||1913||SR||A2A and archives online catalogue has list of vessels. Archives have a card index to names for all ports.||A2A and archives online catalogue.|
|Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven||Whitehaven||1863||1914||Archives online catalogue lists vessels.||Archives online catalogue.|