New Merchant Navy records now available online
We have some exciting news for you this month – findmypast.co.uk has just released 1 million Merchant Navy seamen records
. Dating from 1918 to 1941, these records cover a significant era in nautical history, when ocean travel was at its peak.
The Merchant Navy covered all cargo and passenger ships and their crew, so if your ancestor ‘went to sea’ and you’ve previously not found them in Royal Navy records, this may be where they’re hiding. The records, which are now available online
*, contain rarely seen photos of the mariners along with descriptions including hair and eye colour, height and distinguishing marks.
Don’t forget we have some useful guides on our website to help with your research into merchant seamen
. And if you’d like to read more, My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman
is available in paperback from our bookshop.
Good luck with your research!