The Maine Maritime Museum
in Bath, Maine, has just launched a new online database called the Merchant Mariners Muster
, "with information about common crewmembers who worked aboard Maine vessels from about 1790 to the 1920s." The material in the database was extracted from sources in the Maine Maritime Museum library collection.Two archivists spent 18 months cataloging thousands of pages of documents in 45 separate manuscript collections. The database now contains varying levels of information on nearly 10,000 mariners, and additional data will be added as resources permit.
I asked our staff genealogists which maritime databases they've found useful. David Dearborn, Alice Kane, David Lambert, Judy Lucey, and Eileen Pironti offered suggestions:
The New Bedford [Massachusetts] Free Public Library's Whaling Archives site
contains a comprehensive index of men and ships on whaling voyages from the New Bedford Customs District from 1807 through 1925. A New Bedford Whaling Museum Whaling Crew List Database
contains the names of men who left New Bedford on whaling voyages from 1807 through 1927.
Mystic Seaport's Seamen's Protection Certificate Register Database
includes 31,047 certificates issued between 1796 and 1871.
The Maritime History Archive at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, has a Newfoundland and Labrador Crew Lists Databas
e, 1864-1942, as well as other digital collections and exhibits
, including links to other sites with maritime-related materials.