Merchant seamen registers (1835-1857)
Search and download registers of merchant seamen who served between 1835 and 1857 (BT 112, BT 113, BT 116 and BT 120) on findmypast.co.uk (£). BT 114, the name index to BT 113, is also included.
The Merchant Shipping Act of 1835 required the registration of merchant seamen. Crew lists had to be filed with the Registrar General of Shipping on return to the home port. This form of registration lasted from 1835 to 1857.
Register of duties paid for apprentices’ indentures (1710-1811)
Search the register of duties paid for apprenctices’ indentures on Ancestry (£). These records of apprenticeships, from IR 1, are for various professions, including seamen both as apprentices and as masters.
Indexes of apprentices registered in the Merchant Navy (1824-1910)
Search by name the indexes of apprentices registered in the Merchant Navy between 1824 and 1910 (BT 150/1-53) on Ancestry (£).
These index the original indentures in BT 151 and BT 152. Please note only a sample of these original indentures survive – for further information see below.