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This guide was last updated in 2009

Once you have obtained a certificate number from these alphabetical indexes, you will need to use the key found on TNA leaflet ‘How To…’ 4b.

This will lead you to a different record series depending on the number of the certificate. You will then need to look at the records in one of the following to obtain further details:

BT 122; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Foreign Trade, 1845-1906.

BT 123; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates of Steamships, Foreign Trade, 1881-1921.

BT 124; Registers of Certificates of Service, Masters and Mates engaged in Foreign Trade, 1850-1922.

BT 125; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates, Home Trade, 1854-1921.

BT 126; Registers of Certificates of Service, Masters and Mates, Home Trade, 1854-1888.

BT 128; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Masters and Mates Colonial, 1833-1934.

BT 129; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Skippers and Mates of Fishing Boats, 1880-1921.

BT 130; Registers of Certificates of Service, Skippers and Mates of Fishing Boats, 1883-1919.

BT 139; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Engineers, 1861-1921.

BT 140; Registers of Certificates of Competency, Engineers, Colonial, 1870-1921.

BT 142; Registers of Certificates of Service, Engineers, 1862-1921.

BT 143; Registers of Certificates of Competency and Service, Miscellaneous, 1845-1849.

Once you have a certificate number, it is possible to obtain not only a copy of the certificate, but also the original application from the Master or Mate for the Certificate. These are held by the Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

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