This record is held by East Sussex Record Office

Details of RSS
Reference: RSS

Summary of Contents




RSS 1 Merchant ships' agreements, crew lists and official log books;


RSS 2 Crew agreements for fishing boats over 25 tons;


RSS 3 Registers of shipping: Newhaven; 1856-1993


RSS 4 Registers of shipping: Rye; 1855-1994


RSS 5 Appropriation and deeds book: Newhaven; 1855-1989


RSS 6 Fees and deeds books: Newhaven; 1896-1989


RSS 7 Copy returns of changes to the shipping register: Newhaven; 1930-1992


RSS 8 Registers of sea fishing boats: Newhaven; 1917-1988


RSS 9 Registers of sea fishing boats: Rye; [1902]-1988


RSS 10 Certificates of registry: Rye; 1822


RSS 11 Appropriation book: Rye; 1955-1992


RSS 12 Ship's registration papers: Newhaven; 1926-1992


RSS 13 Ship's registration papers: Rye; 1936-1993

Date: 1855-1993
Held by: East Sussex Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Former reference in its original department: RSS
Language: English

Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen

Physical description: About 700 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Records presented 12 Jan 1971 (ACC 1239), 27 Apr 1971 (ACC 1324), Sep 1971 (ACC 1395), 2 Oct 1980 (ACC 2624), 23 Oct 1980 (ACC 2632), 7 Dec 2001 (ACC 8481), 28 Oct 2002 (ACC 8673), 10 Apr 2003 (ACC 8777), and 26 Jan 2004 (ACC 8912 and ACC 8913)

  • Newhaven, East Sussex
  • Rye, East Sussex
  • Maritime transport
Administrative / biographical background:

The pre-1857 Registry of Shipping and Seamen records are held by The National Archives. The agreements, crew lists and logbooks dating from 1857 onwards have been dispersed to various locations: the bulk of the records were sent to the Memorial University of Newfoundland, while a number of samples were retained by The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and local record offices. East Sussex Record Office took a random sample for vessels registered at Newhaven and Rye.

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