Fishing Crew Lists (1884-1914)

Hull City Archives holds 25,500 fishing crew lists for fishing vessels operating out of Hull between 1884-1914 at reference C DPF. This database lists crew members down to the 4th hand, gives details of apprentices on board and records any untoward events, such as deaths, injuries or incidents of ill-discipline. It is possible to search by surname or ship's name.

Fishing Crew List detail

Should you find the person you are searching for, the original crew list will give extra details such as age, where born and who received the wages (usually wife, mother or self). This information can be found by visiting the archives to view the original crew list. Always make a note of the full reference number, i.e. C DPF/22/132, to enable us to access the relevant document.Hull History Centre crew list title page

If your ancestor was employed lower than 4th hand you would need to visit the Archives to search through the lists themselves. Please be aware that this could take a considerable amount of time.

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- to just search this collection enter the name you are looking for in the keyword field and then enter "C DPF" in the reference field and click search.

Our fishing crew lists were featured in a recent article in the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are magazine, more information is available in Our Collections In the Media.