The Lloyd's "Captains Registers" are now held by London Metropolitan Archives.
The Registers give details of the careers as captain and/or mate, on those vessels whose voyage details were transmitted to Lloyd's, of merchant sea captains who held British or British colonial master's certificates. By no means all were British citizens. For further details please see LMA information leaflet no.50 'Lloyd's of London "Captains Registers" and related sources', available from the LMA website.
Indexes to the registers have been produced for surnames beginning with the letters A-F, I-Q, U-V and Y-Z for the series Ms 18567, covering the years 1869 (retrospective to 1851 for those masters and mates still sailing in 1869)-1911; captains still active after that date will be found in Mss 18568 or 18569, with some entries possibly to be found in Mss 18570 or 18571. The indexes may also be consulted in LMA's Information Area.
Each volume of Ms 18567 is in roughly alphabetical order, but some entries are out of order and need to be searched for. In addition, extra entries were often added at the foot of each page or, when space there was filled, to "Extra Folios" at the end of each letter of the alphabet. Mc and Mac are also listed separately, and foreign names are often anglicised. Cross-references in the text of the indexes indicate names spelt in more than one way in different volumes of the original, but this is not exhaustive, and all possible spelling variants should be checked. Where two entries are recorded in the same volume for a particular individual, both should be checked, as they often contain information about different voyages.
The indexes list captains by name, noting variants given, followed by date and place of birth, also noting variants. The certificate number, and its place and date of award if known, are listed, with a note of changes in the number and the volume in which this first occurs. Not all this information is found in every volume: in some entries a captain may be known only by his initials, or his birthplace may be listed in a partial form. If information of this kind, such as date of birth, is not given in the indexes, it is not to be found in the original.
Additional qualifications are given (such as "Steam", which entitled the holder also to captain steam vessels, or "Steamships", whose holders could captain only such vessels), followed by the date of award if known.
The indexes also list the volume numbers within the series Ms 18567 in which the captain appears, with a note of the years for which voyage details are given. Dates of death, suspensions, and cancellations of certificates are sometimes given in the original Registers, but have not been included in the indexes.
A BA-BL BO-BY C D E F I J K L Ma-McK McL-MY N O P Q U V X (there are no entries for this letter) Y Z
Indexing is in progress for some of the other letters.
The text of a talk given on the records of Lloyd’s marine collection held in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library is available here.
Last updated November 2010
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