World War Two Merchant Shipping Movement Cards now online

World War Two Merchant Shipping Movement Cards now online

   In 1939 the Admiralty issued an instruction to the Board of Trade stating that masters of merchant vessels were not to enter destinations or ports of call on the ships’ logs or the crew lists and agreements, for reasons of security. However, it was still important to know and record the movements of merchant vessels and to this end the series of cards within BT 389 was commenced by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

These records are now online and available for searching. No passenger or crews names are on these cards, but would add to the history of any ancestors who were on these vessels.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/bt389.asp

  

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