Did one of your ancestors serve in the merchant navy during the Second World War? If so, and you know the name of the ship or ships concerned, then images of ship movement cards now available at TNA's DocumentsOnline site may be of interest.
According to TNA's information "the movement cards record the journeys of both British registered and Allied vessels engaged in the war effort from 1939. .... The series of cards within BT 389 record the name of the ship, any former name it had, its size (tonnage), to whom it was registered, the ship's destination, date of arrival and occasionally ports of call. They also record any cargo carried on board. Importantly for historians, the cards show if the ship was torpedoed, mined, damaged or sunk during the war. " The cost is £3.50.
RANGITANE (Br) 16,712 tons, built 1929
|Napier, Sep 10, 1939||Independent||Auckland, Sep 17, 1939|
|Auckland, Sep 23, 1939||Independent||Balboa, Oct 14, 1939|
|Cristobal, Oct 16, 1939||Independent||Halifax, Oct 24, 1939|
|Halifax, Oct 31, 1939||HXF.7 (Halifax - Liverpool)||Downs, Nov 14, 1939|
|Southend, Dec 14, 1939||OA.53 (Southend - Dispersed)|
|Independent||Capetown, Jan 5, 1940|
|Capetown, Jan 8, 1940||Independent||Auckland, Jan 29, 1940|
|Auckland, Feb 25, 1940||Independent||Balboa, Mar 15, 1940|
|Cristobal, Mar 16, 1940||Independent||Halifax, Mar 25, 1940|
|Halifax, Mar 29, 1940||HX.31 (Halifax - Liverpool)||Southend, Apr 13, 1940|
|Downs, May 5, 1940||OA.142 (Southend - Dispersed)|
|Independent||Cristobal, May 19, 1940|
|Balboa, May 20, 1940||Independent||Wellington, Jun 10, 1940|
|Wellington, Jun 25, 1940||Independent||Auckland, Jun 30, 1940|
|Auckland, Jul 12, 1940||Independent||Balboa, Aug 1, 1940|
|Cristobal, Aug 3, 1940||Independent||Bermuda, Aug 8, 1940|
|Bermuda, Aug 11, 1940||BHX.65 (Bermuda - Jd HX 65)|
|HX.65 (Halifax - Liverpool)||Liverpool, Aug 26, 1940|
|Liverpool, Sep 25, 1940||OB.219 (Liverpool - Dispersed)|
|Independent||Cristobal, Oct 12, 1940|
|Balboa, Oct 14, 1940||Independent||Wellington, Nov 2, 1940|
|Wellington, Nov 7, 1940||Independent||Auckland, Nov 12, 1940|
|Auckland, Nov 24, 1940||Independent|
Rangitane was lost in the Pacific on Nov 27, 1940 whilst sailing independently.
Cause of loss: ORION & KOMET.
For tombstone type data try the Miramar Ship Index, "an historical database listing both merchant powered ships of about 100 gross register tons and above and naval ships of even smaller tonnage displacement; and also composite, iron & steel sailing ships." The entry for thr Rangitane is:
Single Ship Report for "1149565"
|Type:||Passenger/cargo (rf)||Date of completion:||12.11.29|
|1919, standard 1920> - for SS surface dp">Tons:||1919, standard 1920> - for SS surface dp">16733||Link:||1569|
|Length overall:||Ship Design:|
|LPP:||161.8||Country of build:||GBR|
|Material of build:||Location of yard:||Clydebank|
|Number of |
|Owner as Completed:|
|Naval or paramilitary marking :|
gunfire & torpedo 36.43S/175.27W 27.11.40 (13*)