CREW LISTS AND SHIPS' AGREEMENTS

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Details of CREW LISTS AND SHIPS' AGREEMENTS
Title: CREW LISTS AND SHIPS' AGREEMENTS
Reference: DCrew
Description:

These records consist of the Crew Lists and Ships' Agreements, with some Official (Crew) Log Books, which were required by law to be sent to the Registrar of Shipping and Seamen for ships registered in the United Kingdom. Vessels engaged in coastal or cross-Channel trade made a return half-yearly, while ships going to more distant ports completed an agreement for each voyage. These agreements and crew lists usually include such information as the destination of the ship and the names of individual crew members with age, rank, place of birth, former ship and wage. The Official Log is not the full ship's log, but only a record of certain incidents relating to the crew and sometimes to passengers, such as deaths on board, which had to be reported to the Registrar.

 

When the documents were made available by the Public Record Office in 1966, this office asked for the records of ships in three categories. The first, and by far the largest, consists of ships registered in Southampton. Secondly, we claimed vessels which had been built in Southampton and, thirdly, ships which mainly used this port, especially the passenger liners which were so important to Southampton but few of which were registered here. In the first category, the attempt was made to obtain all available records except for those of vessels known to be yachts under 40 tons or dumb barges. In the second and third categories, the ships had first to be identified, and these sections are by no means comprehensive; in any case, we could only have the documents if they were not required by the port of registry.

 

The primary purpose of this list is to provide the names of ships for which crew lists and agreements are deposited in the Southampton Record Office, with the dates and number of items. The additional information given here was gathered partly from the original registration of the vessels, but mainly from the documents themselves. Users should note that the particulars of Owners, Masters and Voyages have been extracted by a number of different people, most of them inexperienced in this work, and it has not been possible to check more than obvious discrepancies. It must be emphasised, therefore, that these details should be used with caution. It is planned to make at a later date an index of Owners and Masters.

 

The number of items entered for each year is the number of documents, not of complete returns. In some cases there may be only a single sheet recording the release of a crew member; on the other hand, in later years, several documents sometimes make up one crew list. The entry "NA" indicates that the relevant box was not available, so there is a good chance that the documents exist and are held elsewhere, probably among those retained by the Public Record Office and the National Maritime Museum. No lists were available for certain notable ships, or for years ending in 5, eg. 1875.

 

Some indication has been given of voyages made by the vessels. The amount of information in the documents varies greatly. For long distance voyages, the authorised destination is often given in the most general terms and the only clues lie in entries made at various ports of call. Coastal vessels sometimes give a detailed schedule of calls but at others only a general description. No attempt has been made to indicate whether the information covers the whole year, though this can sometimes be deduced.

 

Ships of larger Companies included in Crew Lists (and a few local companies with several ships)

 

P & O Co.

 

Ancona

 

Australia

 

Avoca

 

Bangalore

 

Baroda

 

Bokhara

 

Candia

 

Cathay

 

Ceylon

 

China

 

Deccan

 

Delhi

 

Delta

 

Dessouk

 

Ellora

 

Euxine

 

Geelong

 

Gwalior

 

Hindostan

 

Hydaspes

 

Indus (2)

 

Ksahgar

 

Khedive

 

Khiva

 

Lombardy

 

Malacca

 

Malwa

 

Massilia

 

Mirzapore

 

Mongolia

 

Mooltan

 

Nepaul

 

Niphon

 

Nizam

 

Nubia

 

Pekin

 

Pera

 

Peshawar

 

Plassy

 

Poonah

 

Ripon

 

Simla

 

Sumatra

 

Sunda

 

Surat

 

Tanjore

 

Teheran

 

Travancore

 

Union

 

Valetta

 

Vectis

 

Venetia

 

Verona

 

Zambesi

 

ROYAL MAIL CO.

 

Agadir

 

Arlanza

 

Arno (2)

 

Arzila

 

Asturias

 

Atrato (2)

 

Avon (3)

 

Belize

 

Boyne

 

Carona

 

Catalina

 

Clyde (2)

 

Conway (2)

 

Corsica

 

Cobequid

 

Danube (2)

 

Dee (2)

 

Denbigh

 

Derwent (2)

 

Douro

 

Ebro (2)

 

Eider (2)

 

Elbe

 

Essequibo

 

Flintshire

 

Guadiana

 

Humber

 

Kennet

 

La Plata (4)

 

Larne

 

Liffey

 

Magdalena

 

Marima

 

Medway

 

Mersey

 

Minho (2)

 

Mondego

 

Monmouthshire

 

Moselle

 

Nevaa

 

Nile (2)

 

Oneida

 

Orinoco

 

Oroya

 

Ortona

 

Oruba

 

Para

 

Parana

 

Rhone

 

Seine

 

Severn (2)

 

Shannon

 

Solent (2)

 

Spey

 

Tagus (2)

 

Tamar (4)

 

Tasmanian

 

Tees

 

Teviot

 

Thames (2)

 

Tibet

 

Trent (2)

 

Tyne (4)

 

Una

 

Wear

 

Wye

 

Yare

 

UNION CASTLE CO. (and Union Co.)

 

African (2)

 

Alnwick Castle

 

American

 

Anglian (2)

 

Armadale Castle

 

Aros Castle

 

Asiatic

 

Athenian

 

Athens

 

Balmoral Castle

 

Basuto

 

Berwick Castle

 

Briton (2)

 

Cambrian

 

Carnarvon

 

Cawdor Castle

 

Celt (2)

 

Cluny Castle

 

Comrie Castle

 

Corfe Castle

 

Dane (2)

 

Dover Castle

 

Dunluce Castle

 

Dunottar Castle

 

Durban

 

Durham Castle

 

Edinburgh Castle

 

Europe

 

Gaika

 

Galeka

 

Gascon

 

Gaul

 

Garth Castle

 

German (2)

 

(Glengorm Castle)

 

Gloucester Castle

 

Gordon Castle

 

Goth (Cobequid)

 

Grantully Castle

 

Greek

 

Guelph

 

Guildford Castle

 

Hansa

 

Kaffir

 

Kenilworth Castle

 

Kildonan Castle

 

Kinfauns Castle

 

Mauritius

 

Mexican

 

Moor

 

Namaqua

 

Natal (2)

 

Newark Castle

 

Norman (2)

 

Norseman (2)

 

Northam

 

Nubian

 

Nyanza

 

Pretoria

 

Roman

 

Saxon (2)

 

Scot

 

Spartan

 

Susquehanna

 

Syria

 

Tartar

 

Teuton

 

Titan

 

Trojan

 

Tyrian

 

Union

 

Walmer Castle

 

York Castle

 

Zulu (2)

 

CUNARD CO.

 

Andania, Ascania, Ausonia

 

WHITE STAR CO.

 

Majestic, Teutonic

 

LAMPORT AND HOLT. CO.

 

Galileo, Vandyke, Vauban

 

SHAW SAVILL CO.

 

Anazi

 

Aotea

 

Arawa

 

Bebington

 

Elizabeth Graham

 

Forfarshire

 

Glenlora

 

Golden Sea

 

Halcione

 

Helen Denny

 

Hermione

 

Himalaya

 

Hudson

 

Karamiea

 

Kumara

 

Lady Jocelyn

 

Langstone

 

Lutterworth

 

Mamari

 

Maori (2)

 

Matatua

 

Merope

 

Northumberland

 

Pakeha

 

Pleiades

 

Pleione

 

St. Leonards

 

Soukar

 

Tokomaru

 

Trevelyan

 

Wairiana

 

Waimana

 

RANSOM (later Dible)

 

Belvidere

 

Charles Napier

 

Chin Yang

 

Cross House

 

Fonthill

 

Fortunate

 

Gleaner

 

Hannah Ransom

 

Hawthorn

 

Honduras

 

James Hull

 

J.H. Ransom

 

Kenneth Victor

 

Lady Heathcote

 

Lady Hulse

 

Louisa Malcolm

 

Mary Block

 

May Hulse

 

Primrose

 

Reaper

 

Ridesdale

 

Sauvegarde

 

SCOVELL

 

Active

 

Ann

 

Comet

 

Ellen

 

Comet

 

Ellen

 

Jane

 

Margaret

 

Maria

 

Mary Ann

 

Pearl

 

Providence

 

Ravinala

 

Result

 

Secret

 

Star

 

Zebedee

 

Uzziel

 

AGIUS

 

Adur, Beaulieu, Frederick, Test

 

SO'TON STEAM TOWING CO.

 

Aid, Alexandra, Phoenix, Sovereign

 

JAMES DREDGING CO. (R.E.V. James)

 

Coronet

 

Foam

 

Norah James

 

Weymouth

 

HYTHE CO.

 

Frederica (2)

 

Hotspur

 

Hampton

 

LONDON & S.W. RAILWAY COMPANY

 

Alderney

 

Alice

 

Alliance

 

Alma

 

Atalanta (2)

 

Brittany

 

Caesaraea

 

Caledonia

 

Cherbourg

 

Diana

 

Dispatch

 

Dora

 

Dumfries

 

Ella

 

Fannie

 

Frederica

 

Granville

 

Griffin

 

Guernsey

 

Havre

 

Hilda

 

Honfleur

 

Laura

 

Lydia

 

Lymington

 

Maria

 

Mayflower

 

Normandy

 

Princess Ena

 

St. Malo

 

Solent

 

Southampton

 

South Western

 

Stella

 

Waverley

 

Wolf

 

Wonder

 

Victoria

 

RED FUNNEL CO.

 

Ajax (tug)

 

Albert Edward

 

Alexandra

 

Bournemouth Queen

 

Carisbrooke

 

Emerald

 

Gem

 

Hector (tug)

 

Hercules (tug)

 

Her Majesty

 

Lady of the Lake

 

Lord Elgin

 

Lord of the Isles

 

Lorna Doone

 

Medina

 

Neptune (2) (tug)

 

Pearl

 

Prince Leopold

 

Prince of Wales

 

Princess Helena

 

Princess Louise

 

Princess Mary

 

Princess Royal

 

Queen

 

Ruby

 

Sapphire

 

Solent Queen

 

Southampton

 

Stirling Castle

 

Vectis

 

Vulcan

 

PILOT VESSELS

 

A4) Active

 

A5)

 

D7 Daring

 

D14 Deerhound

 

E14 Ela

 

F9 and 10 Fawn

 

I11 Iris

 

J11 Jessica

 

M56 Minnie

 

Q5 Querida

 

S40 and 41 Skipjack

 

S49 Solent

 

When requesting crew lists please quote the reference number and the year of the crew list required

Date: 1863 - 1913
Held by: Southampton Archives Office, not available at The National Archives
Arrangement:

The documents are stored by year in numerical sequence of registered number, as they were received, and have not been rearranged under the names of individual ships. For some of the cross-Channel and Isle of Wight passenger ferries, the practice was adopted at certain dates of making one return for all the ships of the company; when this has occurred, the ship names have been cross-referenced.

Language: English
Subjects:
  • Southampton, Hampshire
  • Merchant Shipping
  • Ships
Creator Names:
  • General Register and Record Office of Seamen, 1835-1872
  • Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992
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