Crew lists for official number 26266

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This page is an index of the crew lists held in archives around the British Isles and elsewhere, for the period 1861 to 1913, with data from The National Archives (TNA) and the Maritime History Archive (MHA) for their holdings up to 1939. The information has been drawn from the CLIP transcriptions or the archives' catalogues. It returns the vessel's name, the archives holding the documents, the years for which they hold records and, if possible, the archives' reference for the documents. If no years are shown against an archive, there are crew lists for that vessel but we do not have the dates. The index includes the log books held at TNA in BT 165.

If a transcript of the document(s) is available on this site, there will be a link against that year, but for most documents, you will need to contact the archives concerned to arrange for copies of the documents.

Where possible, the archives reference provides a link to the archives' catalogue so that you can see their details of their holdings and how to order copies of the documents. Unfortunately, many archives use a catalogue system driven by DServe/CalmView which, when it is actually working, must be the most user-hostile software ever. Please see our further cautions below.

To contact archives where we have not been able to provide a catalogue link, please see our data page Documents by archive The heading for each archives provides a link to their web site.

Beware! CLIP data is far from complete and we are still adding to it. The absence of a record in our list does not mean that it isn't there in the archive.

Please use our index in conjunction with the MHA Crew List Index and the archives' catalogue.

There are further snags to look out for:

  • Archives' catalogues are compiled from the hand-written documents so errors in names and official numbers are frequent. Within the archives, this may not seem important, but it makes remote searching that bit harder. Where possible, we check the data against other sources and correct errors where it will impact on searching, or at least add a note of dubious entries.
  • The dates that archives record for the list should be treated with caution. The lists were all originally stored by the year in which the voyage ended, but many archives seem not to be aware of this and use the start date for voyages and/or do not make clear which date they are using. Crew returns for the second half of a year often show a date stamp early in the next year and may be catalogued using that, rather than the half-year to which the return refers. Search lists for the years around your target.

Please see the CLIP data page for more details on sources, the abbreviations we have used, and acknowledgements.

Crew lists in BT 98 at TNA from 1857 to 1860

All the crew lists for ships from British ports for the period 1857 to 1860 are at TNA in BT98. The crew lists are boxed by year, then by official number. One official number may be in more than one box. Each box has a reference number and the catalogue shows the range of official numbers in each box so, for example, the crew lists for 1858 for the vessel Albion, with official number 1000 is likely to be in BT 98/5107, which holds official numbers 991 to 1050.

Bear in mind that there may not be documents for every official number in the range, so there is no guarantee that documents for a particular ship are actually in that box - they may never have existed, or they may have been lost, destroyed, or simply mis-filed (it happens, often) in the years since 1858.

To find the appropriate reference number, you can consult TNA's catalogue, or (simpler) use the CLIP crew list tool in this section.

To obtain a copy of a document, you will have to visit TNA, or employ a researcher to do so, or order a copy via TNA's catalogue page.

The LDS Church has filmed these records and the images are available online (but only at a LDS Family History Centre unless you are a member of the LDS Church).

The catalogue page for the 1857-1860 crew lists is here. Scroll down their catalogue page to see the list of the films.

 Crew lists in BT 98, 1857-1860

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Crew lists in BT 98 at TNA before 1857

All the crew lists for ships from British ports prior to 1857 are at TNA in BT98, together with some boxes of records from colonial ports. The crew lists are boxed by year, then by port of registry, and then in alphabetic order. There may be several boxes for one year and port, covering a range of ships names. Each box has a reference so, for example, Aberystwyth ships with names starting D-H for 1851 are in BT 98/2382.

To find the appropriate reference number, you can consult TNA's catalogue, or (simpler) use the CLIP crew list tool in this section.

Apart from the Family History Indexes transcripts for 1851 (below), no further indexing is available for BT 98, so to find a crew list you will have to visit TNA, or engage a researcher to do so, and work through the boxes. If you do not know the name of the ship, you will have to be guided by the port rotation numbers on the crew lists, which may be in ascending order.

It may be possible to get an image by ordering via the TNA catalogue page, but you would probably need to know the name of the ships, so that only one box has to be searched. We have no experience of this.

Family History Indexes have crew name indexes for many of the records for 1851, particularly Irish, Scottish and Welsh ports. These are available on CD-ROM (£) or online via The Genealogist (£). The search tool above highlights the records they have available.

The LDS Church has filmed these records and the images are available online (but only at a LDS Family History Centre unless you are a member of the LDS Church). The catalogue page for the pre-1857 crew lists is here. Scroll down their catalogue page to see the list of films.

Crew lists for British ports in BT 98, 1845-1856

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Crew lists from 1861 onwards

Ship Year Port Archive Archives reference/link Transcript
  1861 National Maritime Museum ?  
  1862 National Maritime Museum ?  
1863 Maritime History Archive MHA  
  1865 National Maritime Museum ?  
1866 Maritime History Archive MHA  

If there are no documents at TNA (or elsewhere) for years ending in 5, 1861 or 1862, and there are crew lists for a following year, we have shown that there may be documents at NMM.

However, apart from 1915, there is no index to the documents that NMM hold, so this is only a guess and you will need to check with NMM directly.

For documents held at TNA and MHA and some archives, click the archives reference button to look up their catalogue for that reference. This will give details of how to order copies of the documents.

For documents held at local archives, if we have a transcript of the document, there will be a link to the right.

Crew lists 1857 to 1860 in BT 98 at TNA

Year ON Range TNA reference
1857 26231-26300 BT98/5054
1858 26246-26270 BT98/5455
1858 25502-26628 BT98/5468
1859 25761-26785 BT98/6120
1859 26251-26280 BT98/6137
1860 26231-26275 BT98/6809

Please bear in mind that these are official number ranges - there is no guarantee that a particular official number is included in that box.

Click the TNA reference to look up the TNA catalogue for that year. This will give details of how to order copies of the documents they hold.

Crew lists 1837 to 1856 in BT 98 at TNA

Crew documents from 1837 to 1856 are held in BT98 at TNA. The notes for this page provide more detail and further links.

Search the Maritime History Archive crew list index for official number 26266

The Maritime History Archive (MHA) Crew List Index shows the documents they hold (70% of the total) and their index also has much more extensive coverage of holdings in local archives in the United Kingdom.