An im­por­tant first step when re­search­ing a fish­er­man is to track down the name of the ves­sel that they worked on, writes

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The best on­line re­sources to trace fish­er­men in your fam­ily

Among the most im­por­tant po­ten­tial sources for re­search­ing fish­er­men are crew lists and agree­ments (see p61). Th­ese were records of the men serv­ing on a ves­sel for a cer­tain pe­riod. If you do find a crew list, one of the more in­ter­est­ing pieces of in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to a sailor on it is likely to be ‘Ship in which pre­vi­ously served’, which may en­able you to trace their work­ing lives back through time.

Masters of Bri­tish-reg­is­tered ships were re­quired to keep th­ese records, but ac­cord­ing to, such was the scale of pa­per­work cre­ated by the sys­tem that the ma­te­rial was dis­persed to nearly 50 dif­fer­ent repos­i­to­ries. Be­cause of this and other fac­tors, The Na­tional Ar­chives’ (TNA) Dis­cov­ery web­site ( dis­cov­­tion­ and its mar­itime re­search guides, are likely to be use­ful tools in your quest.

Mean­while, if you’re re­search­ing the wider com­mu­nity, then mu­se­ums and lo­cal his­tory li­braries may hold use­ful sources. If you know the re­gion where your an­ces­tor worked, then check­ing what port and mar­itime records sur­vive will nat­u­rally be at the top of your ‘to do’ list. The Hull His­tory Cen­tre web­site is a great ex­am­ple, with all kinds of use­ful con­tent, namely more than 25,000 fish­ing crew lists for ves­sels op­er­at­ing out of Hull from 1884 to 1914, muster rolls pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on mer­chant ship­ping in the Hum­ber re­gion be­tween 1747 and 1851 and Skip­per cards in the Hel­lyer Brothers ( Trawler Own­ers) col­lec­tion. The free Lost Trawler­men PDF lists Hull-born fish­er­men, and those serv­ing on Hull-reg­is­tered ves­sels, lost at sea from the 1860s up to 2000. There are also sec­tions on whal­ing and a his­tory of Hull docks.

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