How to look for records of... Merchant Navy seamen registers 1835-1857

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You can search and download (£) merchant seamen records 1835-1857.

These are digitised records from a variety of record series held at The National Archives:

  • the register of seamen series I in BT 120 (1835–1836)
  • the register of seamen series II, in BT 112 (with its associate name index in BT 119) (1835–1844)
  • the register of seamen’s tickets, in BT 113 (the surname index is in BT 114) (1845–1854)
  • the register of seamen series III, in BT 116 (1853–1857)

For more information on what these records contain see

See our guide to records of Merchant Navy seamen in service before 1914 for detailed guidance.