Masters’, Mates’, Engineers’ and Skippers’ certificates request form

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The Caird Library and Archive is now open to researchers two days per week. 

Masters' & Mates' Certificates 1850-1927 - digitized by Ancestry - please search their card catalogue for this exact title : UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927. The originals are held in the archive at the Caird Library and can be ordered for viewing in person or as a digital scan order. If you wish to order a certificate, please provide us with the Master's number, year and ship name. 

Engineers' Certificates 1862-1921 - not digitized - can be ordered for viewing in person or as a digital scan order. The collection is organised by mariner's number and not by name. To find the Engineer's number please consult the registers at the National Archives.

   Registers of Certificates of Competency: Engineers (1861–1921) National Archives catalogue reference number: BT139 – BT142.

Skippers' Certificates 1884-1921 - not digitized - a small collection is held at the archive and can be ordered for viewing in person or as a digital scan order. The collection is organised by Skipper's number and not by name. To find the Skipper's number please consult the registers at the National Archives. 

   Registers of Certificates of Competency: Skippers and Mates of Fishing Boats (1884–1921). National Archives catalogue reference number: BT129 – BT130.

The Research Guide C2: The Merchant Navy: Tracing people: Master--mariners, mates and engineers will answer many of your questions. 

To place an order, please first register with our ordering system, Aeon and then enquire with the library team in regards to requests about Masters', Mates', Engineers' and Skippers' certificates.

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