Catalogue description Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Inquiries into Deaths at Sea: Papers and Reports

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Reference: BT 341
Title: Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Inquiries into Deaths at Sea: Papers and Reports

This series contains the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen's files on inquiries into deaths at sea under sections 386 and 690 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894. The files contain correspondence, papers and reports regarding deaths at sea and in overseas ports in order to establish that there was sufficient information to record a death; rather than a missing presumed dead.

The dead include crew and passengers of all nationalities. The files typically include: sworn testimonies of survivors; particulars of the deceased; medical office and inspectors statements; answers to medical circumstances of death; examinations on oath; form B & D 3 containing detailed particulars of the cause of death; form Inq 6 Death on Board a British Foreign-Going Ship; form Inq 7 death, injury, ill treatment, punishment or casualty on a fishing boat; newspaper cuttings, and correspondence.

It should be noted that not all the cases concern fatalities 'on-board' ship; they can include the circumstances of deaths of passengers or seamen on route to the ship.

Date: 1939-1995

The files are arranged in calendar years and within years alphabetically by ships' names.

Related material:

For the Marine Department and successors' shipping casualty investigation papers see BT 369

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992

Physical description: 261 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

2000 to 2004 Registry of Shipping and Seamen

Custodial history: Transferred to the Registry of Shipping and Seamen in 1992.
Selection and destruction information: The files for the second world war period, and for 1964 have been preserved. The papers for other years are presumed to have been destroyed under undocumented/unknown criteria by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.
Accruals: There will be no further accruals.

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