September’s Item of the Month: Records of Asian crewmen on British ships during the Second World War

September’s Item of the Month has just been published…and it is about a significant discovery in the National Maritime Museum archive!! Tracey interviews Dr Georgie Wemyss of East London University on the James Nourse collection (NOU/10/7) and records of Asian crew members on British Merchant vessels during the Second World War. Dr…

“Deaf as a post” and “a well-looking fellow”: Descriptions of crewmen in the Commonplace Book of Captain Edward Rotheram

Have you ever wondered what kind of people manned ships around the time of the Napoleonic Wars? Where they came from, what they did before serving, even how they looked? Well, this is exactly the information found within the Commonplace book of Captain Edward Rotheram (LBK/38). In addition to the official…

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915 – new online database

Tuesday 30 June 2015 – we’re very pleased to announce the launch today of Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915, a collaborative project between the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives highlighting the contribution of the Merchant Navy in the First World War. For the first…

Caird Library Open Day- 27 June 2015!

Caird Library Open day

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – Part 2

Here is the second part of Daniel’s look at the letters of a young gentleman midshipman, Archibald Buchanan. If you missed the first post, you can find it in the previous pages, posted on 30 June. After a few days aboard HMS Monarch, Archibald Buchanan was transferred to the sixth-rate…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804)

This is the first in a series of posts  by Daniel Lange, a research student from Berlin. He has been looking at some of the letters of a youthful trainee officer from the early nineteenth century. This is the first of 3 posts by Daniel… I have recently had the…

Caird Library Open Day- this Saturday 28 June

From 10am to 4pm on this coming Saturday 28 June we are having a  Caird Library Open Day. Read Nelson’s will, see the note from a mutinous crew he claimed he found pinned to the door of his cabin, see a letter he wrote to his wife, Frances and compare…

My son is in the Royal Navy…

Last month we explored how to conduct family history research when one’s relative is currently in the Merchant Navy. Today let us investigate the very same query but this time about an individual still serving in the Royal Navy. Caird Library staff have written several research guides on various maritime…

CLIP – The Crew List Project

Are you doing family history research related to the Merchant Navy? Are you stuck with finding the Official Number of a British-registered vessel? Perhaps you have a list of Official Numbers but do not know the ship names? Knowing a ship’s Official Number is crucial when you do family history…

My son is in the Merchant Navy…

Most of our enquiries start off with a sentence well known to us: “my great-grand father was a seaman”. A recent query received by the Library made me think how we can assist those who are researching current activities in the Merchant Navy. As always crew agreements for British-registered merchant…