To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy £).
Agreements and crew lists, 1861-1994
The National Archives holds a 10% sample of agreements and crew lists for 1861 to 1938 (see below for other archives that hold agreements and crew lists).
Use the box below to search the agreements and crew lists in BT 99 by ship’s official number for the period 1861 to 1934. You can search for a ship’s official number at the Crew List Index Project website (CLIP) or the Miramar Ship Index (£).
If you are looking for a seaman who served in 1915 you are able to search the 1915 crew lists by seaman’s name. Further details are available on our 1915 project page. Please note, your search results will include records held at the National Maritime Museum – please check the ‘held by’ information on your search results.
For more information read Crew lists, agreements and log books of merchant ships after 1861.
Merchant Navy apprentices, 1824-1953
Browse the indexes of apprentices registered in the merchant navy in BT 150. BT 150/54 covers 1911-1917, and BT 150/55 covers the period 1918-1928.
These are indexes to the apprentices’ indentures in BT 151 and BT 152. Browse BT 151 and BT 152 by date and by port. Please note only a sample survive (a two month sample for every five years).