Port of Gloucester Crew Lists all ship shape!
Working one morning a week from November 2015 and finishing October 2018, volunteers Margaret and Terri trawled through 44 large boxes of Port of Gloucester Crew Lists. The boxes included information about ships trading from the port of Gloucester, down the Severn estuary to Bridgewater and Cardiff and beyond.
The boxes contained agreements and log books from 1853 to 1913 and six monthly returns giving lots of information about ships, owners, crews, voyages and significant ‘incidents’ on board. Along the way Margaret and Terri came across mutinies, shipwrecks and desertions!
The documents have now been re-sorted by ship number with new protective enclosures to improve long term preservation, facilitate production and the catalogue and location data updated. (D3080 Port of Gloucester Crew Lists).
A very big thank you to Margaret and Terri for all their hard work and staying power and for making this enormous collection accessible to all.
Ann Attwood - Collections Care Development Officer
11 December 2018