Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors

What was a merchant seaman’s life like in the past, what experiences would he have had, what were the ships like that he sailed in, and what risks did … [Read more...]





Seafarers’ Voices 7: Captain’s Wife

During the nineteenth century it became increasingly common for merchant service masters to take their wives to sea, particularly in the whaling … [Read more...]





Seafarer’s Voices 8: From Forecastle to Cabin

This is the autobiography of an American who ran away to sea at the age of 11 and charts his rise from the lowliest seaman (berthed under the … [Read more...]