This deposit comprises a sample of crew lists and agreements registered at Aberdeen in the period 1891 - 1913. Although the records were sampled prior to deposit, it is believed that one or more record exists for each vessel registered at the port between these years. Details of the sampling methodology employed are given in Appraisal, below.
The records will be of value to researchers with a general interest in the history of sea-trade and fishing in the north east of Scotland. They will be particularly relevant to those engaged in the study of mainland trade with Orkney and Shetland, and the development of the Aberdeen and Granton fishing fleets in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As crew lists and agreements were only required for all trawlers over 25 tons (but not for other fishing vessels such as seine-netters, ring netters, etc.) the records are unlikely to contain information about coastal fishing from many of the smaller North East ports.
There are slight variations in form, but in general the information which they contain is: name of ship, port of registration, ports of departure and destination, details of owners or managers, details of masters and details of each member of the crew (name, age, place of birth, home address, next of kin, previous ship, date and place of joining ship, capacity, date and place of leaving ship, causes of leaving ship, rate of pay, advances and allotments). In some cases there are also official ship logs, which provide a record of certain categories of incidents such as deaths, disturbances, etc. which are statutorily required to be reported to the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.