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:
- year of birth;
- place of birth;
- discharge A number;
- RV2 number (origin unknown);
- certificate grade and number;
- PR number (origin unknown);
- health insurance number;
- unemployment insurance number;
- colour of eyes and hair;
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Electronic images of these records can be searched online through our partner website.