Tuesday, 9 August 2016

National Library of Wales adds shipping records, 1856 - 1914

Crew lists, 1856-1914, for vessels registered at the port of Aberystwyth have been transcribed by volunteers at the National Library of Wales and made available via GitHub.
A blog post from the NLW includes a couple of videos showing the voyages, not too many to Canada, two degrees of separation graphs which are pretty but I don't understand, a heat map of births places of crew members and dates of first joining.
The crew lists contain the full names of the crew including apprentices, age and place of birth, previous vessel, dates of joining and leaving, in what capacity employed, together with a list of voyages with dates, and occasionally details of cargoes carried.
There is no obvious way to search the complete set of files to find a particular name. The files are identified by series, 1 to 544 which appear to be in alphabetical order by vessel name.

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