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Flintshire Record Office
Shipping records, Chester Port of Registry

Reference code(s): GB 0208 SR

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Shipping Records

Short Title: Shipping records, Chester Port of Registry

Creation date(s): 1863-1913

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 101 standard archive boxes

Name of creator(s): Registrar of Shipping and Seamen


Administrative/Biographical history: Chester, Cheshire, is the port of registry for all shipping from Flintshire ports on the River Dee. General registration of ships began in the 18th century, when all ships with a deck and burden of more than 15 tons had to be registered with Customs and Excise at their homeport. Records were returned half-yearly to the Registrar of Shipping and Seamen.


Scope and content/abstract: Records mostly relating to ships registered at Port of Chester, 1863-1913, consisting of ship's agreements and crew lists. They contain information on the tonnage, owner and master of each ship, destination of voyages, details of cargo, and the name, age, place of birth and wages of each member of the crew.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The records are filed by year in order of ship's number. Records of ships registered at other ports, but with Flintshire owners, are arranged according to ship name.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of this catalogue including indexes to ships' and crew members' names is available at Flintshire Record Office. Item level descriptions are not yet available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred by the Registrar of Shipping and Seamen, per the Public Record Office, London, 1971.


Related material: Further material is Flintshire Record Office, S; Pre-1860 agreements and crew lists are National Archives, BT 98. A 10% sample of post-1861 records is National Archives, BT 99. A further 10% sample is in the National Maritime Museum.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Shipping Records catalogue; Maritime Records, Glamorgan Record Office website (, viewed 4 February 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004

Shipping | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names

Corporate names

Dee, River (Wales and England)
Flintshire (Wales)

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