Catalogue description Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Register of Seamen, Central Index, Alphabetical Series (CR 1)

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Reference: BT 349
Title: Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Register of Seamen, Central Index, Alphabetical Series (CR 1)

This series contains a microfiche copy of the CR 1 Central Index cards to the register of Seamen which was kept by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Since the series was accessioned it has become apparent that some of the original records were missed during the original filming process. A comprehensive check is under way to rectify this omission.

Each card typically gives the following information:

  • surname;
  • forename;
  • year of birth;
  • place of birth;
  • discharge A number;
  • rating;
  • RV2 number (origin unknown);
  • certificate grade and number;
  • PR number (origin unknown);
  • health insurance number;
  • unemployment insurance number;
  • height;
  • colour of eyes and hair;
  • complexion;
  • distinguishing marks.

On reverse of the card will be found the seaman's signature and the date of issue.

CR cards formed part of the Central Index Register and were completed for all merchant seaman when applying for a discharge 'A' certificate or a replacement certificate.

There is a small supplementary series of cards, also alphabetically organised covering surnames beginning with the letters BLA to PR.

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Date: 1921-1941
Related material:

See also BT 348

Separated material:

Cards dating from 1913 to 1921 were destroyed in 1969 for unknown reasons.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: CR 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: microform
Physical condition: Card index (microfiche copy of cards)
Access conditions: Available in digital format and microform only
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1998 Registry of Shipping and Seamen

Custodial history: Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992; Registry of Shipping and Seamen, 1992-
Selection and destruction information: Temporarily stored at Hayes, Middlesex, pending a decision on permanent preservation.
Accruals: No future accruals expected

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