West Glamorgan Archive Service
Records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff
Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD PRO RBS S
Title: Records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff
Short title: Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, records
Dates of creation: 1824-1994
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: (22 vols)
Name of creator(s): Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff
Administrative and biographical history: The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen recorded merchant ships registered at the Port of Swansea and Port Talbot, Glamorgan. Crew lists note the tonnage, owner and master of each ship, destination of voyages, occasional details of cargoes and the names, age, place of birth and wages of each crewmember. The Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen was established by the Merchant Shipping Act 1872, when the Registrar General of Seamen took over responsibility for returns relating to the registration of ships from the Board of Customs' Chief Registrar of Shipping. Swansea developed from the early settlement of the eleventh century to a major port during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exporting goods such as coal, iron tin-plate and copper. It was also the site of large fishing and ship building industries.
Scope and content: Shipping records mostly relating to the Port of Swansea, 1824-1994, including shipping registers, 1824-1988; transaction registers, 1855-1934; registers of fishing boats, 1903-1988; Port Talbot shipping records, 1905-1974.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Port of Swansea; Port Talbot
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are possible
Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.
Related units of description: Further shipping records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, ships' registration papers, D/D PRO/SR/S; crew agreements, D/D PRO/CA/S.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, catalogue; Jones, W. H. History of the Port of Swansea, Facsimile edition, (West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, 1995).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: January 2005