Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

17/8/2007

Merchant Marine – Canadian Genealogy Centre – Library and Archives

The Merchant Marine, also known as the Merchant Navy during wartime, consisted of individuals who served as crew members aboard merchant ships.

There are no employment files. Crew members of merchant vessels signed contracts, called articles of agreement, with the master of the vessel. To trace a seaman before the Second World War, you must know the name of the vessel on which he served so that you can locate and search relevant articles of agreements and ships’ logs, which usually include crew lists. Additional registers are available for masters, mates and steam engineers. for more click here

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