has just published 1 million 20th century Merchant Navy Seamen records, the first time ever that these records have been made available online.
The records are index cards which the Registrar General of Shipping and Seaman used between the two world wars to produce a centralised index of merchant seamen serving on British merchant navy vessels. They cover the period 1918-1941.
The merchant navy consists of all seagoing UK vessels with commercial interests and their crews. Research that findmypast.co.uk
conducted has shown that a shocking 54% of the UK population have no idea who or what the merchant navy is.