Board of Trade: Fisheries Department and successors: Returns of Fishing Boats

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Board of Trade: Fisheries Department and successors: Returns of Fishing Boats

These records of the Fisheries Department contain entries of the annual returns made by ports of the fishing boats on their registers and contain details of the names numbers and tonnages of all fishing boats and cover five year periods.


Some fishing boats were registered under the provisions relating to the main Register of Merchant Ships in Part 1 of the Act. In these cases a distinction is made in the list and the relevant part is shown in brackets.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Trade, Fisheries and Harbour Department, 1898-1904
Board of Trade, Fisheries Department, 1886-1898
Board of Trade, Harbour Department, 1904-1918
Board of Trade, Public Utilities and Harbour Department, 1918-1919
Physical description:
689 files and volumes
Administrative / biographical background:

Section 373 (2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 (Part 4) states that every fishing boat shall be lettered and numbered and have official papers and shall for that purpose be entered in the Fishing Boat Register; and section 373 (5) authorises the making of regulations relating to the adoption of any existing system of registry or lettering and numbering of boats.

Statutory Rules and Orders 1927 No. 642 (Regulation 10 (2)) places an obligation on Registrars to forward annually to the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen a list of all boats which have appeared on the Register during the preceding year.

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