The following is a lightly revised and updated post originally written by the late Carolyn L. Barkley originally mused, her own curiosity led her to research more about the individuals, ships and records available for those in this career. Merchant marines have played an important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifices, the outcome of many of our armed conflicts would have been quite different. If you believe that there was a merchant mariner in your family, a little research effort will reward you with a new understanding of the life experiences of that individual. Historical information is often located thanks to the power of the Google search engine in unexpected sources, and I found one of the best historical overviews of the history of the merchant marine on a site dedicated to mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
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My online notebook for my travel memories, adventures and life’s lessons. Feel free to walk with me in my life’s journey through this journal Generally, they are branded as play boys working with various girls in different ports. So, why take the risk of loving a Merchant Marine Officer despite the bad reputations? Today’s merchant marine officers and engineers working overseas are well paid for the job they do especially when they become Sr Officers onboard vessels plying a worldwide trade, be it on board a tanker oil or chemical , gas carrier who takes home more of the bacon, or with the car, containers or bulk carriers.
In my opinion, the best book ever written by a British Merchant seaman. Bill, now passed on, was a founder member of Alcoholics Anonymous. His alcoholism directly attributed to his wartime experiences along with many other merchant seamen who suffered many untold traumas.
Additional Reference Materials or Resources I. Getting Started Individuals beginning a search of military records would be well served by first getting a general overview of the subject area. Additional research guidance is offered by the genealogy section of the National Archives and Records Administration web site. Consult as well other National Archives web pages including http: Individuals unfamiliar with the military may find particularly enlightening the Navy’s description of the contents of a service record.
Researching Military Service Records A. Records of Individuals – U. Military Federal Government Resources. The National Personnel Records Center NPRC , Military Personnel Records is the repository for the personnel, health, and medical records of all discharged and deceased veterans all branches of the armed forces who served after Veterans and their next-of-kin may now use the on-line “eVetRecs” service to request records from the Center.
Veterans and next-of-kin without Internet access and all others may submit their requests in writing to: The form may be downloaded from http:
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Paid off as of British Warships On the outbreak of war she joined the 7th Battle Squadron as guardship for the Humber later the Tyne. Sent to Archangel as an icebreaker, and established a record by being the first ship to arrive so early in the year February She remained in commission for special service but by she was an accommodation ship at Devonport.
Date: 8/1/00 Comments. Congratulations Forbes! Your site is a fitting tribute to the memory of your grandfather and to all the men of the RNR who gave so much for the freedom of this Country.
X Menu Family Tree Researcher available to research your family history! Dictionary of Old Occupations: Welcome to my dictionary of old occupations, jobs, archaic trades and similar historical terms. In the course of my research work as a family tree professional I naturally come across many historic records showing job titles, terms or occupations which are no longer in common use. Having spent so many years working with census records I compiled my own glossary to help me with my family tree research.
I decided to turn my work into an online dictionary of old occupations, and make this information available through my Family Researcher website as an aid to private individuals who are researching their own ancestors.
March 10, By: Part 2 examines resources for researching seamen by focusing on records unique to apprentices, masters and mates. In addition, a listing of repositories and institutions with naval and maritime records is also provided.
Merchant Seaman’s Pouches – These pouches were a central repository for seamen’s documents; comprising many documents that a seaman would have had to submit to the Registry of Shipping during his career and copies of documents issued to him.
A later depiction of American seamen being pressed by an English officer. Facebook Twitter Imagine yourself as an American sailor; the year is You are 30 years old, born in , and have spent most of your adult life at sea as a merchant sailor. You have seen nearly every port in England, many in Brazil, and even some in India. Your home port has always been Boston. On a return voyage from the West Indies, a British ship commands yours to heave to.
Your captain obliges, cautiously, knowing the possible dangers for his crew. The English officers come on board. They come to you, ask your name, age, and place of birth. You answer truthfully but immediately regret it. You were born in Boston before the American Revolution when it was still officially British territory. You are therefore considered to be a British subject, required to serve the King as a sailor in the Royal Navy.
They take you away, and you spend the next three years of your life fighting the enemies of the British Empire.
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Roman London[ edit ] Archeologists have found a spoon and a lamp with representations of Sub-Saharan African people dating from Roman times. The first record of an African in London was in His name was Cornelius. At this time Elizabeth I declared that black “Negroes and black Moors ” were to be arrested and expelled from her kingdom, although this did not lead to actual legislation. Britain was involved with the tri-continental slave trade between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Sep 16, · After a lonely three-week voyage across the Pacific, the multinational crew of the British-flagged container ship Hyundai Tokyo arrives at the largest U.S. port complex and proceeds to do irreparable damage to the stereotype of the hard-living international merchant seaman.
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I was an able-seaman, a deck hand. As I say, it’s the way to see the world and get paid for it. I sum up the prospects for in three short sentences.
Advance and Transfer- two separate terms involving a ship’s turn. Advance is the forward progress made between the time that the rudder is put over and the time the ship is steady on her new course.
Merchants in antiquity[ edit ] Phoenician trade routes Merchants have existed as long as business, trade and commerce have been conducted. Open air, public markets, where merchants and traders congregated, were known in ancient Babylonia and Assyria, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Persia, Phoenecia and Rome. These markets typically occupied a place in the town’s centre. Surrounding the market, skilled artisans, such as metal-workers and leather workers, occupied premises in alley ways that led to the open market-place.
These artisans may have sold wares directly from their premises, but also prepared goods for sale on market days. Rome had two forums; the Forum Romanum and Trajan’s Forum. The latter was a vast expanse, comprising multiple buildings with shops on four levels. The Roman forum was arguably the earliest example of a permanent retail shop-front. The nature of direct selling centred around transactional exchange, where the goods were on open display, allowing buyers to evaluate quality directly through visual inspection.