Smith, Kelvin; Watts, Christopher T.; Watts, Michael J.
Title RECORDS OF MERCHANT SHIPPING AND SEAMEN. PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE READERS' GUIDE NO. 20.
Publisher PRO Publications, (Kew, Richmond, 1998).
Seller ID 23137
131 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 1873162499 B&w photographs, reproductions. "....describes the wide variety of records, preserved in the Public Record Office, available for the study of the Merchant Navy. These are a unique source for studying the history of the British merchant shipping industry and for compiling biographies of many who served in it. Whether you are interested in the history of a merchant ship or the career of a merchant seaman, the PRO should have material which will help you. Although the records can be categorized broadly into two main groups, namely shipping and seamen, neither is totally independent of the other. This 'Guide' will lead you easily and quickly to the documents that you wi l l n e e d to pursue your particular research interest. Merchant ships and seamen have always played a vital role in British economic life, not least in wartime. From the 17th to the 20th century the records covered by this 'Guide' chart the d ev el o pm en t of the Merchant Navy - sail and steam, fishing boat and liner, ordinary seaman and master, death, disaster and heroism - providing a rich panoply of information on all aspects of seafaring life on which to base your own studies." I nte rio r - c lea n and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing. Near Fine