Information Contained in this Database is
from a sample of Crew Agreements for Shipping Registers
other than the port of Swansea Wales
|1.||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 the various 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 archived 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.
|5..||Year of Birth ~ Is calculated from information given by the crew member at the time of signing on. Where ages are given and not the year of birth they are converted into years by subtracting the age from the year they sign 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, even between voyages on the same ship..|
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
|8.||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"|
|9.||Completed Years ~ The records are filed in voyages ending in the year, not at the commencing year. In this database there is no complete run of records, but individual agreements over a number of years.|
|10.||Ships agreements before 1845 ~ These do not have Official No's or Port No's, but use Port Rotation Numbers in the form a Number issued by the Customs and a No. assigned to the Port. This makes selecting a ship of the same name registered in the same port very difficult. To find the correct ship one has to search the Official Shipping Register held at the archive nearest to that port of Registry. I have included a table to cross reference in a sub database called "Port Rotation Key" see http://www.swanseamariners.org.uk/other_nautical_data.php?database=portrotation_key|
Register ~ Selecting Ships Register will display all the ships
linked to the crew agreements herein, updating this register is only undertaken
when a new sample agreement is added..
|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
|2||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
|3||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"
|3||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.|