Catalogue description Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Transcripts and Transactions, Series I
|Title:||Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Transcripts and Transactions, Series I|
This series contains the register of shipping kept by the General Registry and Record Office of Seamen which, until 1855, consists of transcripts of the original registries, with manuscript notes of any subsequent changes of ownership, known as 'transactions', on the reverse.
The records contain the following information:
Early transcripts sent to London were destroyed in a fire at the Customs House in 1814. The series proper begins in that year but the Registration Books of the Port of London 1786-1814 have been included at the beginning of the series.
A selected record within this series (BT 107/496) is available to download as digital microfilm.
The registers are in series which begin at different dates. The earliest series, ships registered in London, begins as early as 1786 while another series, England and Wales, begins in 1826 combining two earlier series: Northern Ports and Western Ports. Ports do not consistently appear under the same geographical series. Nor do they always appear under what would seem the logically appropriate series: Channel Islands and Man appear under Plantation as late as 1819.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
General Register and Record Office of Seamen, 1835-1872
|Physical description:||601 volume(s)|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
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