Search for ship masters by official number

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Crew lists and agreements for British registered ships show the master's name on the first page or the heading of the document, often with their address.

This is a list of the masters of a vessel as shown on the crew lists which CLIP has transcribed from the records held at local archives (so please be aware that this is only a limited list).

More details of the records of masters and other officers are here: Masters, mates, engineers and cooks

How to search for the masters of a ship

Other pages link to this one using an official number, or you can search again by official number using the button top right to access the search form.

On the search form, enter the ship's official number in the range from 1 to 199550. This should be a pure number without wild-cards such as '*', '%', '?'.

Then click

Reading the results

The results are sorted in date order, showing the master's Surname, Forename and Address. They show the vessel and her port, with the dates of the voyages recorded on the crew list. The archive holding the document is shown with their reference for the document, if available.

Using the results

The link on the right hand side of the table  shows a transcript of the crew list. Bear in mind that we have only transcribed the main details from the document. The original will always contain more information, for example it will probably show the voyages made during the period covered by the document.

Data sources

This data is taken from the crew lists and agreements which are held at:

The documents cover the period 1863 to 1913.