Scot­tish mar­itime records on­line

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Records of 14,000 Scot­tish sea­far­ers who died be­tween 1897 and 1974 have been up­loaded to scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk.

The bulk of the col­lec­tion com­prises the Re­turns of Deaths of Sea­men, which was com­piled by the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral of Ship­ping and Sea­men and cov­ered Bri­tish-reg­is­tered ves­sels.

Al­though brows­ing through the doc­u­ment scans re­veals peo­ple of all na­tion­al­i­ties, each Scot­tish en­try in the col­lec­tion has been made search­able, mean­ing it is pos­si­ble to type in names and quickly iden­tify all Scot­tish crew on board cer­tain boats.

In the case of the ill-fated Lusi­ta­nia, which was sunk by a Ger­man tor­pedo in May 1915, the records show that out of the 405 crew mem­bers killed, 17 hailed from north of the bor­der.

Also added to Scot­land­sPeo­ple are the Re­turns of Deaths at Sea, which spans 1902-1905 and lists both sea­men and civil­ian pas­sen­gers re­ported to the Scot­tish au­thor­i­ties as hav­ing died while on board a ves­sel – in some cases, fish­er­men who drowned af­ter fall­ing or be­ing ac­ci­den­tally knocked over­board.

“The col­lec­tion opens a win­dow into the lives of Scots sea­far­ers in the first half of the 20th cen­tury,” said Tim El­lis, Reg­is­trar Gen­eral and Keeper of the Records of Scot­land. “They re­veal the dan­gers ex­pe­ri­enced by sea­men and pas­sen­gers alike, and pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion for any­one wish­ing to dis­cover more about their an­ces­tors.”

The new re­lease pro­vides de­tails of men

and women who per­ished at sea in ac­ci­dents or dur­ing ac­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice

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