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Archives that hold crew lists
When 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:
  1. the name of the repository, with a link to their web site.
  2. the port(s) of registry for which they hold lists, and
  3. the start year and
  4. the end year which the lists cover, though the runs may not be complete
  5. the reference code which the archive uses for their crew list holdings
  6. links to the archives online catalogue or the A2A catalogue for the archive
  7. notes of how to gain more information and indexes available
  8. the source of our information
Archives that hold crew lists
Archive Ports Start End Archives reference Catalogue Notes Information source
Anglesey Archives, LlangefniBeaumaris18631913WDBA2A entry Anglesey ArchivesExtensive holdings for most vessels. CLIP name index completed.Archives catalogue and CLIP data.
Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow in FurnessBarrow18631913Z 3222 et seqBarrow Archive and Local Studies Centre online catalogueOnline 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-TweedBerwick18631913Extended catalogue with crew names. CLIP index to this at the ROArchives catalogue
Bristol Record Office, BristolBristol18631913 30182Bristol Record Office online catalogueA2A entry Bristol Record OfficeArchives 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, CambridgeWisbech18631913R70/61Cambridgeshire Archives online catalogueArchives have an information sheet online hereArchives information sheet.
Carlisle Archive Centre, CarlisleCarlisle18631913Carlisle Archive Centre online catalogueArchives online catalogue lists vessels.Archives online catalogue.
Carmarthenshire Archives Service, CarmarthenCarmarthen18631913
Ceredigion Archives, AberystwythAberystwyth18631913TSRCeredigion Archives online catalogueSmall sample. Extended catalogue includes crew names.Archives online catalogue.
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, ChesterRuncorn18631913NSCheshire Archives and Local Studies online catalogueA2A entry Cheshire Archives and Local StudiesArchives online catalogue and Discovery
Cornwall Record Office, TruroFalmouth18631913MSRCornwall Record Office online catalogueSmall sample of records for most Cornish vessels.Archives online catalogue.
St Ives18631913MSR
Devon Heritage Services, ExeterBarnstaple186319131976A2A entry Devon Heritage ServicesSmall 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, DorchesterBridport18631913NG/SC/BTDorset History Centre online catalogueThe 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, BeverleyGoole18641909 zDDX249East Riding of Yorkshire Archives online catalogueA2A entry East Riding of Yorkshire ArchivesSmall number of documents for Goole and Hull ships.A2A
Hull18641909 zDDX249
East Sussex Record Office, LewesNewhaven18631913RSS 1A2A entry East Sussex Record OfficeCollection includes vessels from other ports. A2A has list of vessels and documents.A2A
Rye18631913RSS 1
Various18631913RSS 1
Essex Record Office, ChelmsfordColchester18631913A4743Essex Record Office online catalogueArchives online catalogue has list of boxes by port and year.Archives online catalogue
Flintshire Record Office, HawardenChester18631913SRCollection includes vessels from other ports. Printed index at archive, included in CLIP data.Archives catalogue and index, CLIP data
Glamorgan Archives, CardiffCardiff18631913DCAArchives have index to some years ending in 1. Archives Wales
Gloucestershire Archives, GloucesterGloucester18631913D3080A2A entry Gloucestershire ArchivesA2A has list of documents.A2A
Gwent Archives, Ebbw ValeChepstow18631913D.907Mostly for years ending in 9 - CLIP index completed for both ports.Archives catalogue and CLIP data.
Gwynedd Archives Service, CaernarfonCaernarfon18631913
Gwynedd Archives Service, DolgellauAberystwyth18631913Z/DAIDocuments for Aberdyfi ships.Archives catalogue
Hull City Archives, HullHull18841913C DPFHull City Archives online catalogueFishing records only. Online catalogue searcheable by names of individual seafarers.Archives online catalogue
Kent History and Library Centre, MaidstoneDeal18631874RGS/De1-3A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for DealSee 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
Dover18631913RGS/Do1-40A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for Dover
Faversham18631913RGS/FA1-124A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for Faversham
Folkestone18801897RGS/Fo1-5A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for Folkestone
Ramsgate18631913RGS/Ra1-232A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for Ramsgate
Various18631914RGS/Z1-23A2A entry Kent History and Library CentreArchives online catalogue for Various
Lancashire Archives, PrestonFleetwood18631913SSA2A entry Lancashire ArchivesA2A has list of vessels.A2A and Archives online catalogue.
Lincolnshire Archives, LincolnBoston18631913PRO/MSR
Liverpool Record Office, LiverpoolLiverpool18631913CLIP 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, ManchesterManchester18941913 M110A2A entry Manchester Archives and Local StudyA2A has list of vessels.A2A
Manx National Heritage Library, DouglasCastletown186319139800Extensive holdings for most vessels. CLIP index completed for all ports.Archives catalogue and CLIP data.
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, RochesterRochester18631913RGS_RoMedway Archives and Local Studies Centre online catalogueArchives online catalogue has list of vessels by year. Archives online catalogue.
Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives, LiverpoolLiverpool18631913Sample of ships from various ports operated by Liverpool companies. CLIP index completed.Archives catalogue and CLIP data.
National Archives of Scotland, EdinburghVarious18671914BT3Class BT3 includes a small number of crew lists and agreements.NAS online catalogue.
National Library of Wales, AberystwythAberystwyth18631913ABERSHIPNational Library of Wales online catalogueArchives online catalogue has list of vessels and documents.Archives online catalogue
North East Lincolnshire Archives, GrimsbyGrimsby18631914208North East Lincolnshire Archives online catalogueOnline catalogue is searcheable by individual names.Archives online catalogue
North Yorkshire County Record Office, NorthallertonMiddlesbrough18611872NG/RSNorth Yorkshire County Record Office online catalogueAll records are on microfilm and there are copies at Teeside Archives Service, Middlesborough.Archives online catalogue.
Northumberland Archives, AshingtonBlyth18631913NRO 00654Northumberland Archives online catalogueArchives online catalogue
Pembrokeshire Archives, HaverfordwestCardigan18631913T/RSCLIP index for 1863, 1880, 1881.Archives catalogue.
Portsmouth Records Service, PortsmouthCowes18631913CLIP index under way for both portsArchives catalogue and CLIP data
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, BelfastBelfast18571913TRANS/2A, TRANS/2BPublic Record Office of Northern Ireland online catalogueAll 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.
Coleraine18631913TRANS/2A, TRANS/2B
Londonderry18571913TRANS/2A, TRANS/2B
Newry18571913TRANS/2A, TRANS/2B
Strangford18571913TRANS/2A, TRANS/2B
Somerset Archive and Local Studies, TauntonBridgwater18631913 DDRSS/1The first electronic crew list index to be completed - available online. Archives online catalogue lists vessels.Archives online catalogue and index.
Southampton Archives Service, SouthamptonSouthampton18631913 DCrewA2A entry Southampton Archives ServiceA2A 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, IpswichIpswich18631913Archive has card index for both ports.
Suffolk Record Office, LowestoftLowestoft18631913Archive has card index to individual names.
The National Archives of Ireland, DublinCork18631913All 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 TyneShields18631913G.CRWOnline catalogue includes crew names as far as 1880.Archives online catalogue.
University of Aberdeen Library, AberdeenAberdeen18911913GB231/MS2791University of Aberdeen Library online catalogueAberdeen trawlers.Archives online catalogue
West Glamorgan Archive Service, SwanseaSwansea18631913D/D/PRO/CA/S/CLIP index for 1881 completed. Full online index in progress - search hereArchives catalogue
West Sussex Record Office, ChichesterArundel18631913SRWest Sussex Record Office online catalogueA2A entry West Sussex Record OfficeA2A 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, WhitehavenWhitehaven18631914Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre online catalogueArchives online catalogue lists vessels.Archives online catalogue.

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