British Mariners, Trinity House Calendars 1787-1854

Was your ancestor a British mariner who fell on hard times? Search petitions for aid and other documents covering the period 1787 to 1854, submitted by seamen or their widows to Trinity House, which, as well as administering charitable funds for disabled sailors and their families, was responsible for the supervision of lighthouses and buoys around the British coast. The Petitions contain a wealth of family information about the seamen and his dependents. Other papers include Apprenticeship Indentures of seamen, and a collection of Miscellaneous Papers, consisting mainly of marriage and baptismal certificates. The papers cover families from all over the United Kingdom.

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