My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman

By Christopher T & Michael J Watts  

The British have always had a reputation as a seafaring nation. This is unsurprising when you consider that in Britain it is impossible to be more than 60 to 70 miles from the sea, a distance that would have taken our ancestors no more than a couple of days to walk. During the British Empire, ships provided an essential form of transportation and communication between Britain and its far-flung colonies. Although records relating to the crews that manned these ships were not widely kept, there are many records concerning such topics as taxation on imports and exports, the pursuit and settlement of disputes in the law courts and the registration of ships; and this book contains invaluable information on locating and understanding them. Writing with clarity and erudition, the authors, Christopher T and Michael J Watts, provide the reader with an essential guide to tracing seafaring ancestry.  

Second edition 2002.