Information Contained in the Database
|Disclaimer ~Whilst great care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the data, no guarantees can be given, researchers should check the source documents for themselves at the Glamorgan Archives Cardiff.
purpose of the database is to permit a search on the Mariner's name without knowing
initially which ship they were engagend on.
Where there is no information available, the database field displays a hyphen.
~ In order to provide a comprehensive record of the mariner, his name may appear
more than once, either because he
e.g. To find "Jonathon
Davies" enter Forename "Jon", Surname "Dav" . This will
result in all names beginning with those three letters being
Ranks ~Equivalent ranks are Mate, 1st Mate or Only Mate , Engineer, Chief Engineer or 1st Engineer. Cert-Nil means that a certificate is not indicated in the records. R.N.R. indicates Royal Naval Reserve number, shown as RV2 in early archive crewlists. DBS means Distressed British Seaman given passage home after a shipwreck or sickness. A.B. is Able Seaman, O.S. is Ordinary Seaman. Apprentices have all their entries commencing with the starting date of their indenture and not the commencement of the voyage.This is to ensure that the whole period of their apprenticeship is shown and not just the previous ship or voyage.
|Year of Birth ~ is calculated from information given by the crew member at the time of signing on. One should approach this information in the same way as that recorded in a census, ages can be in error by as much as 5 years.
Names ~ Addresses, dates, ports of engagement
and discharge are interpreted from entries made by the shipping agent or British
Voyages ~ These are compiled from the crew
engagements and when available from log books. Voyages should therefore be viewed
~ This column is an abbreviated version of events. Full details are recorded in
the back pages of the crew agreements and in log books.
Some entries have been recorded in more detail under the web page "Captain's Log"
|Completed Years ~ Indexing has just began for unregistered ships in the port of Cardiff for 1863 to 1913.
Glamorgan Archives ~ holds an estimated 80%
ACLs for Cardiff for the period 1863-1913. Log books, journals, etc are sometimes
filed with the crew agreements. Records are arranged by ship's official number.
It is necessary for a researcher to know the name of the ship in order to find
crew member.- DPROCA/C
Register ~ Selecting Ships Register will display all the ships not
only those linked to the crew agreements, updating this register is ongoing.
The Register of Ships for Cardiff, greater than 15 tons burthen, are held at the Glamorgan Archives for the period 1824 to 1994 - DRBS/C/1-2