British Seafarers' Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1911-21; rules; British Seafarer , 1913-21.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Seafarers' Union was formed at Southampton in 1911 by a group of members who seceded from the National Sailors and Firemen's Union. On the 1st January 1922 it merged with the National Union of Ships' Stewards, Cooks, Butchers and Bakers to form the Amalgamated Marine Workers' Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, The seamen. A history of the National Union of Seamen, 1887-1987. Oxford, 1989.

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1029).

Custodial History

The British Seafarers' Union's papers form part of the archive of the National Union of Seamen. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in January 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Union of Seamen (MSS.175) .