Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Daily Casualty Registers and Index to Ships, War of 1939-1945

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Reference:BT 347
Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Daily Casualty Registers and Index to Ships, War of 1939-1945

This series contains daily casualty registers from the Second World War, kept by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

The registers record the daily ship casualties mainly due to enemy action but also including other routine causes of losses at sea which affected allied merchant fleets during the War of 1939 to 1945. Each incident is recorded naming the class of vessel, the ship's name, nationality of the ship, date and time, cause and approximate position, voyage details and cargo and latest information available. Additional information is occasionally given on attached forms.

Date: 1940-1945


The sheet numbers covered in each binder are given on each front cover together with the dates covered by each binder. Each page within the binders is numbered and dated.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator: Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992
Physical description: 8 files and microform
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition: in 1999 Registry of Shipping and Seamen
Accumulation Dates: Series ran 1940-1945
Selection and destruction information: All records have been selected
Unpublished finding aids: A microfiche copy of the card index of ships names to the registers (BT 347/8) is available in the reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew.
Administrative / biographical background:

The date range of these records suggests that the practice of recording the casualties started when Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen was the responsibility of the Shipping Intelligence Branch of the Ministry of Shipping and ended when the Registrar was under the Ministry of War Transport. The only reference now to the Shipping Intelligence Branch in the records is that it is written on the covers of each of the binders. This Branch was probably created by the Ministry of Shipping in the early years of the conflict.

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