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CodeNA10530
Person NameRegistrar General of Shipping and Seamen
ActivityThe Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen is responsible for records of British ships and seamen. The Registry of Shipping and Seamen recorded the owners and changes in ownership of British ships with a deck over 15 tons burden as required by the Merchant Shipping Act 1786. From 1854 all newly registered ships were officially numbered. The Merchant Shipping Act 1854 made provision for Customs officers to send annual lists of ships registered in each port to the Registry. From 1894 fishing boats were also recorded and from 1850 official ship logs were kept. From 1747 muster rolls for each voyage recorded details about the crew. From 1835 agreements for every seaman employed were to be kept on board vessels and were delivered to the Registrar General upon return to the home port. The Merchant Shipping Act of 1835 introduced the registration of seamen and copies of certificates of competency and service were recorded from 1845. The wages and effects of any seaman who died at sea were surrendered to the Board of Trade from 1851 the details of which were registered. An Act of 1874 required the Registrar General of Shipping to record all births and deaths occurring at sea.
Corporate NameRegistrar General of Shipping and Seamen
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