Battle of Trafalgar database (1805)
Search the Trafalgar ancestors database for information on a rating who served in Nelson’s fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. The search will give you the relevant National Archives document references.
Allotment registers (1795-1812 and 1830-1852)
Use the advanced search in Discovery, our catalogue, to search within series ADM 27 by forename and surname for ratings who allotted part of their wages to next of kin. These records provide the following information:
- name of ship on which the seaman served
- first names of next of kin
- number of children
- place of residence
- date of allotment
- pay book number
Ships’ musters, ledgers, pay books and description books (1667-1878)
Search our catalogue for a muster or pay book for a particular ship to find lists of ratings serving on the ship (ADM 31-ADM 39, ADM 41, ADM 115, ADM 117, and ADM 119).
From 1764 a man’s age and place of birth should be included, but not always.
From the 1830s onwards it is possible to find description books (most of which are found in ADM 38), which may contain the following information on a person:
- scars and tattoos
Search below by name of ship, excluding HMS or other prefixes.
Pension and next of kin records (1789-1894)
Search our catalogue by name for ratings‘ pension records and next of kin records.
- ratings’ applications for admission into Royal Greenwich Hospital in ADM 73/1-35
- Greenwich Hospital School applications for children, often orphans, of seamen in ADM 73/154-389
Search below by forename and surname (ADM 73).
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 (£).