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Subject: [TSL] Register of Seamen's Service
Date: Sat, 05 Jul 2003 20:52:27 -0700
>... According to his entry in the register of seamen's service
> between the years 1835 and 1840 he served on vessels...
I am interested in this excerpt from an earlier message om this
List because it seems to indicate some sort of official register for
merchant seamen. I wasn't aware such a Register existed. Can anyone
tell me anything about it? Is it on line and searchable?
My gfather Archibald COX spent quite a bit of time between
1895 - 1918 globe trotting as an engineer on merchant ships. Seems he
began his career in Southampton but spent much of it in South African,
Australian & New Zealand waters. His life is full of stories and rumour
and I would like to try and ascertain which are correct and which are
'embellishments'. One example is a claim he was 'shipwrecked' in Tahiti
in Dec 1916. I haven't been able to find a record of any ship going down
there at that time.