Questions pertaining to events that took place aboard ships, identifying ships, or the ships themselves.

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How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
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Who would someone in convict shipping to Australia (ca 1830s-1840s) have worked for?

My great,great grandfather, Walter Cole, was born at Ottery St.Mary, Devon, England in 1810. The family oral history is he shipped convicts to Australia approximately in the 1830's and 1840's. He ...
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How do I find passenger lists for ships embarking from Mexican ports to California?

I have a record (found on Ancestry.com) of the steamer Curacao arriving in San Francisco, California on 1 July 1905. She was laden with gold and also my great grandmother and grand uncle. The US ...
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How can I trace an ancestor born on ship and orphaned before landfall?

I have a ggg=grandmother, Margaret Davitt, who was born on ship in 1799, and apparently orphaned on the ship or very shortly after arrival. The first record I can find for her is an 1834 marriage in ...
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Finding a Ship Record from 1902

Where do I begin? I know my great-grandfather, Josef Boksa, 2/28/77 was born in Warsaw. And recently found his naturalization papers from 1917. It lists the date of his arrival as 8/16/1902 and that's ...
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Can anyone interpret this report of a ship's charter for cargo?

In California Digital Newspaper Collection, there is a 'Shipping Intelligence' report I am trying to understand. It's in "Charters", "Shipping Intelligence", San Francisco Call, 25 January 1896, p.12, ...
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On what ship did Franz Joseph Kerber (1825-1873) immigrate to the US?

Franz Joseph Kerber was born in Jan 1825 in Munich, Barvaria. In the 1860 census he was married and my greatgrandmother had been born in 1858. In 1862, he ran the saloon at 82 Front St in Worcester, ...
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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel from ww2

My grandmothers brother was in the royal navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
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Are there online ship crew and passenger lists for journeys South Africa to New Zealand?

I am looking for details on an individual surnamed Noye. He possibly was a passenger or crew member from Africa to Tasmania or Africa to New Zealand, in the late 1890s. Are there any online resources ...
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How can I figure out who died on a particular voyage of a ship?

One voyage of the ship William Stetson began the 26th of April, 1855 in Liverpool, England and ended the 27th of May, 1855 in New York. One account of the voyage says: The New York Herald of May ...
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List of ships arriving in Boston

One of the people I am researching claims in his naturalization form to have arrived in Boston, Mass on 8 Jun 1891. No ship name is given. A naive search on Ancestry.com does not turn up any ship ...
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What is the correct location for a person born at sea?

I have an individual recorded as having been born aboard a ship while travelling from Norway to the United States. As far as location goes what is the correct way to document this birth?
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Who built the SS Persia in Quebec in 1853?

Like many other Australians with European heritage, I have several ancestors who spent more than 100 days on a ship travelling to Australia in the nineteenth century. There was ample time for births, ...
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What details do I need to know about an ancestor before I try to uncover the ship they immigrated on?

What basic information do I need to have about my ancestor before I start looking for the ship that he/she came to America on? So that I don't waste a lot of time fruitlessly searching for a ship - ...