Findmypast.co.uk now have crew lists for 1881 (70,475 individuals & 1,981 vessels) and 1891 70,747 individuals & 1,524 vessels).
The lists are indexes to original documents, not online, which hold the employment details of individuals.
These are part of a set of crew lists 1861-1913 containing indexes to around 33,500 lists of crew members on board vessels and around 413,500 records of individual crewmen.
Crew members include a wide variety of professions, such as deckhands, engine staff, stewards, nurses and maids.
A typical entry will include name, year and place of birth, and profession (capacity) with information on the ship and period covered by the crew list.
Original crew-list documents are held by various repositories across the UK and in Canada:
70 per cent are at the Maritime History Archive (MHA), in NewfoundlandSearch the crew lists
10 per cent are at The National Archives, Kew
10 per cent are at the National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich
10 per cent are at local record offices or archives.