Merchant Navy Day is celebrated on 3rd September to commemorate the contribution the merchant navy has made, and continues to make, to Britain. This year the Maritime Archives & Library is holding a drop-in family history helpdesk in our Searchroom on the second floor of the Maritime Museum, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of the records that people need, but we can advise on where to find them. We've also put together an online exhibition explaining the types of documents often found amongst seafarers' papers. So, if you don't know the difference between a mariner's ticket and a master's ticket have a look.
Lead image: Discharge certificate of Charles Yates, Maritime Archive reference DX/1977