Information Contained in the Database
|Disclaimer ~Whilst great care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the data, no guarantees can be given, researchers should check the source documents for themselves at West Glamorgan Archives
purpose of the database is to permit a search on the Mariner's name without initially
knowing which ship they were engagend on.
Where there is no information available, the database field displays a hyphen.
~ In order to provide a comprehensive record of the mariner, his name may appear
more than once, either because he has
Ranks ~Equivalent ranks are Mate, 1st Mate or Only Mate , Engineer, Chief Engineer or 1st Engineer. Cert-Nil means that a certificate is not indicated in the records. R.N.R. indicates Royal Naval Reserve number, shown as RV2 in early archive crew lists. DBS means Distressed British Seaman given passage home after a shipwreck or sickness. A.B. is Able Seaman, O.S. is Ordinary Seaman. Apprentices have all their entries commencing with the starting date of their indenture and not the commencement of the voyage.This is to ensure that the whole period of their apprenticeship is shown and not just the previous ship or voyage.
|Year of Birth ~ is calculated from information given by the crew member at the time of signing on. One should approach this information in the same way as that recorded in a census, ages can be in error by as much as 5 years.
Names ~ Addresses, dates, ports of engagement
and discharge are interpreted from entries made by the shipping agent or British
Voyages ~ These are compiled from the crew
engagements and when available from log books. Voyages should therefore be viewed
|Remarks ~ This column is an abbreviated version of events. Full details are recorded in the back pages of the crew agreements and in log books. Some entries have been recorded in more detail under the web page "Captain's Log"
|Completed Years ~ Voyages ending in the year 1862 to 1897 are complete. Now indexing 1898. A few records later that 1897 have already been included. Crew Agreements held at the National Archives under BT98 series for 1834-1845 completed now indexing 1845. Crew agreements archived at West Glamorgan archives relating to ships from other ports of registry are available at www.mariners.org.uk.
Glamorgan Archives ~ holds an estimated 20% ACLs for Swansea
and Port Talbot for the period 1863-1913. Log books, journals and
letters, etc. are sometimes filed with the crew agreements. The records are arranged first by year then by ship's official number. It is necessary for a
researcher to know the name of the ship in order to find a crew member. There is a card index of ships,ship's masters and shipowners in the research
room, as well as a catalogue showing for what years they have crew agreements for a particular ship. A database of crew members for 1881
has been compiled by CLIP. A summary of the records is to be found on their website.in the Guide to Collections
Register ~ Selecting Ships Register will display all the ships, not
only those linked to the crew agreements, updating this register is ongoing.
The complete Register is held at West Glamorgan Archives Ref. No. D/D PRO/RBS/S, records the periods from 1824 to 1897.
Records 1862 to 1897 are complete - Indexing
has now started for 1898.
Records at the national Archives under BT98 for 1835-1845 completed.
|A Guide to selecting Data ~ Crew Members
Select mariners by using their Forename, Surname or
Shipsname or a combination of all three. However the names have been
|The database will initially display a table
of up to 25 entries, and will include Forename(s), Surname, Rank/Certificate
No; Year of Birth,
Place of Birth and Shipsname (6 fields of data in all ) commencing with the letter(s) selected from A-Z or from the letters or name entered
|At the bottom of each group of 25 entries
it will indicate how many entries there are in the selection. e..g.
25 out 78.You can alter the
number of entries to be displayed in the box on the right. The word "Next". Click on this word "Next" to display the next 25 or the number
per page you requested, within the letter(s) or name chosen. This and subsequent pages also show the word "Previous" and "Next" Keep browsing forwards or backwards through all the entries clicking on "Previous" or "Next". The last entry for the mariner with the same name displays only the word "Previous".
To display the full details of the mariner's engagement
in a separate window, click on either the forename of surname. This
will display a new
|A Guide to selecting Data ~ Ship's Registry, Ship Owners and Ship's Voyages
Select ship's name from the right hand side of the
table. The list is made up from ships contained in the main database
assigned to the Mariner.
In this new window, two icons will be displayed below
the registry (1) "Open - Voyage records
from agreements and log books"
|At the end of the voyage or shipowners window one can return to the registry, from which one can return to the main database once more.