The Register of Seamen Shipped Ledger Collection consists of 47 volumes documenting the seamen who shipped out of the Port of Vancouver. The collection dates from 1898 to 1967 and is a unique record of merchant marine history. These large, hand-written ledgers include the name of the ship, a list of the crew and their position on the ship, wages earned, and a home address. Popular with genealogists, the Register has also been used by Veteran Affairs in allocating merchant marine wartime service pensions. Note that these records do not include lists of the passengers who were on the vessels.
The registers can be searched in one of two ways - either by vessel name or by year that the crew member served. However, a search combining both vessel name and year is the quickest way to go through the ledgers.
For records relating to passengers who were on the various vessels, consult Library and Archives Canada's immigration records. For more information on the Merchant Marine, visit Library & Archives Canada Merchant Marine site.