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West Glamorgan Archive Service
Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD PRO RBS S

Held at: West Glamorgan Archive Service

Title: Records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff

Short Title: Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, records

Creation date(s): 1824-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (22 vols)

Name of creator(s): Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen recorded merchant ships registered at the Port of Swansea and Port Talbot, Glamorgan. Crew lists note the tonnage, owner and master of each ship, destination of voyages, occasional details of cargoes and the names, age, place of birth and wages of each crewmember. The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen was established by the Merchant Shipping Act 1872, when the Registrar General of Seamen took over responsibility for returns relating to the registration of ships from the Board of Customs' Chief Registrar of Shipping. Swansea developed from the early settlement of the eleventh century to a major port during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exporting goods such as coal, iron tin-plate and copper. It was also the site of large fishing and ship building industries.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Shipping records mostly relating to the Port of Swansea, 1824-1994, including shipping registers, 1824-1988; transaction registers, 1855-1934; registers of fishing boats, 1903-1988; Port Talbot shipping records, 1905-1974.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Port of Swansea; Port Talbot

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Further shipping records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, ships' registration papers, D/D PRO/SR/S; crew agreements, D/D PRO/CA/S.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, catalogue; Jones, W. H. History of the Port of Swansea, Facsimile edition, (West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, 1995).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2005


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Harbours | Wales | Port Talbot
Harbours | Wales | Swansea
Ship registers | Wales | Port Talbot
Ship registers | Wales | Swansea

Personal names

Corporate names
Port of Port Talbot
Port of Swansea

Places
Port Talbot (Wales)
Swansea (Wales)

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