Frequently asked questions
Who is in the database?
The 23,300 Irish born individuals detailed on a CR10 index card. They cover all jobs from master to cabin boy. There is one woman, recorded in error, Jemima Friars, a stewardess, from Lisburn, Co Antrim.
I have included every Canadian seaman I could find. There were around 1060 working from British ports. I have also included a small number of other nationalities who may be linked to specific events like the loss of RMS Leinster in October 1918 .
How can I obtain a copy of a CR10 card?
Contact Southampton Archives who hold the copyright. See ‘ordering copies.’
Why are there no voyages shown on an individual’s record card?
If he was on a home trade voyage then it was not usually recorded.
What is a home trade voyage?
Any voyage around the British Isles, including the Irish Sea, or to a port on the West European coast , from Hamburg in the north to Brest in the south.
What were the jobs in a coal fired engine room?
A trimmer shovelled the coal out of a bunker into a wheelbarrow and delivered the coal to the fireman, (or stoker in the RN). The fireman shovelled the coal into the boiler furnace. A donkeyman was a senior fireman who operated the auxiliary boiler (donkey boiler) when the ship was in port.
How complete are the CR10 card indexes?
From my research on Irish seamen, I suspect that one card in four is missing.