I was using the Findmypast genealogy website and found an interesting record that could possibly mention one of my ancestors.

The name of the person that I am researching is Ahmed Alla Khan.

I need help reading and understanding the following information about him:

Ship Name, Ship Official Number, Ship Port of Registry, Date of Death, Place of Death, Christian Name, Surname, Sex, Age, Rank, Profession, or Occupation, Nationality, or Birthplace, Last Place of Abode and Cause of Death.

Register of Deceased Passenger April, 1904

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    Hi, what part are you having trouble with: seeing the image (visual impairment), reading the handwriting, understanding what it means?
    – shoover
    Feb 21 at 19:57
  • Hi, I was having a problem reading—mainly Rank, Profession, or Occupation and Last Place of Abode and Cause of Death.
    – Umk
    Feb 22 at 8:14
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    Hi, welcome to G&FH.SE! When you need help with a record, please post the archive reference and/or the database the record comes from and not just the image itself. Knowing which agency created a record is important when you are trying to understand a record.
    – Jan Murphy
    Feb 24 at 4:23

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The details for that entry are as follows:

  • Ship Name: Mozaffari
  • Official Number: 53543
  • Port of Registry: Bombay
  • Date of Death: 11 April 1904
  • Place of Death: At Sea
  • Christian Name: Ahmed Alla
  • Surname: Khan
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 72
  • Rank, Profession, or Occupation: Hajee (Presumably Hajii)
  • Nationality, or Birthplace: Mohamedan [sic] (i.e. Muslim)
  • Last Place of Abode: Ship
  • Cause of Death: Old age and general debility

I did find a PDF copy of the record of the Court of Inquiry into the loss of the Mozaffari at the port of Ibo in 1910, which includes more details about the vessel itself. Further details may be found in the Lloyds Register of Shipping, and the 1904 volume is available on Internet Archive.

You may be able to find more about Ahmed Alla Khan in the passenger list - if it survives, and if you can locate it. As a starting point I would try to find a copy of Lloyds List for 1904 to try and determine details of the voyage. This will probably involve quite a bit of searching to find the correct issue. Hopefully you'll then have an indication of where any crew and passenger lists are held (if they survive).

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    @Umk It seems to be just a mis-spelling of "Mohammedan", and was an alternative term for "Muslim". Feb 22 at 10:15
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    @Umk That information may be in the original passenger list if you can locate it (and if it survives). Feb 22 at 10:58
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    @shoover That is a different vessel. The official number listed in this register matches the SS Mozaffari. See the links to the court of inquiry into the loss of the vessel and the 1904 Lloyds Register of Shipping for more. Feb 22 at 14:21
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    @sempaiscuba Ah, thanks! But why is the Lloyds Register in French?!
    – shoover
    Feb 22 at 17:28
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    @shoover I think they published in English and French. The one I found on Internet Archive happens to be in French. Feb 22 at 17:41

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