Source Information

Ancestry.com. UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea, 1844-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Wages and Effects of Deceased Seamen. BT 153.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Monthly Lists of Deaths of Seamen. BT 156.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Seamen's Deaths, Classified by Cause. BT 157.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages of Passengers at Sea. BT 158.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Deaths at Sea of British Nationals. BT 159.
  • Board of Trade and Successors. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Births at Sea of British Nationals. BT 160.
  • Colonial Office: Land and Emigration Commission, etc. CO 386.
  • Records of the Boards of Customs, Excise, and Customs Excise, and HM Revenue and Customs. Outport Records: Falmouth, Fowey, Truro, Gweek, Penryn. CUST 67.

About UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea, 1844-1890

Records of births, marriages and deaths at sea were kept by the masters of British ships. Following the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854, they were obliged to send on the information recorded relating to the birth or death at sea of English, Welsh, Scots and Irish people (as well as anyone else aboard) to the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

Marriage entries, which start from 1854, record:

  • name of the ship
  • official number
  • names of both parties
  • ages
  • whether single, widow or widower
  • profession or occupation
  • fathers' names
  • professions or occupations of the father