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Maritime History

Many Southampton families will have at least one merchant seaman or woman in their family tree. Southampton archives has a number of sources to help you find out more about a seafarer's career and give you a flavour of what life at sea was like. Sources which give names and details of individual mariners include: 
- Crew lists for Southampton registered vessels 1863-1913 
- The Central Index Register of Merchant Seamen 1918-1941 
- Furness Withy Shipping Line records (incorporating Prince Line and Royal Mail Line) 
- Records of disaster funds (including the Titanic Relief Fund), 19th-20th centuries