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Finding Welsh Mariners

While  researching Welsh mariners, I ran across the following websites of note.  As always, these are just a few of many great sources.

Welsh Mariners Over 23,000 Welsh Merchant Mariners are listed on this site, covering the years 1800 to 1945.  There is also a Royal Navy database covering the years 1795 to 1815, with about 3,000 men listed.  The site is bilingual, free and the database is easy to use.

Swansea Mariners and the Cardiff Mariner’s Database.  Another free database, very clear and easy to use.  The site includes ship owners and ship registers, as well as information about mariners.

Milford Trawlers Fishing vessels, skippers, a chronology of Milford and Peacetime and Civilian Wartime losses for the period 1888 – 1988, are some of the highlights of this website.

Irish Shipwrecks A searchable database of ships that wrecked off the coast of Ireland.  Sometimes only the name of the vessel and where it sank, but in many cases the entries include the information about the ship, owners and a brief history.

Coastguards of Yesteryear Articles, records and information about Coastguards who lived and worked around the Irish coastline (1700-1800′s).  The forums include discussion groups for genealogy, medals and general maritime information.  Welsh born coastguards from the 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland are included.

Newspaper sources

Old Mersey Times I’ve provided a link to the shipping section, but there is much more to this website than that.  Old Mersey Times has transcribed snippets from Liverpool and Merseyside newspapers.  The articles cover everything from Bankruptcies to Wills and Bequests.

Cambrian Index Online A search using “ships and shipping” returned 29,000 articles (1804-1927) such as the following: Ships and Shipping, Shipwrecks, South Wales – 28 January 1804 – The ‘THOMAS AND BETSEY’ Went To Pieces On Portcall Point (Jan 20th, One Dead).

These websites are all free to use and contain a wealth of information. I’m continually amazed by the hundreds and hundreds of hours that website owners such as these have spent transcribing records and making them available for us to view. Thank you all!!

If you know of any other sites that cover Welsh mariners, I’d love to hear about them. All of these sites can be found on the main link library at Ancestral Wales

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