Need Help with Shipping Research? See my books Shipping and Migration Research on the Internet, 2012 and How Did They Get Here? Arrivals after 1924, 2nd edition, 2012.
State Records of South Australia offers online name searching using ArchivesSearch. Records available include masters, mates and engineers certificates of service and certificates of competency; marine surveyors and pilots licences plus records for seamen on the River Murray.
Persons Lost and Found 1838-1915 by Maureen M Leadbeater includes deserters from wives, families, ships, military and other service. Updated
Queensland State Archives, Index to Seamen 1882-1919 compiled from registers created by the Harbours and Rivers Department. These registers detail employment including current number/number, date of entry of particulars/date of occurrence name of ship and official number, name, age, capacity, whether engaged, discharged etc., home address (or at least country of origin), and wages. The index lists name, ship, page and QSA references. Once you have an index reference copies of the original documents can be ordered from QSA for a small fee.
Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters by M Warner lists the names of passengers and crew arriving in Sydney (1845-1922 with gaps).
Index to the Captains Registers of Lloyd’s of London (Guildhall Library Ms 18567). This online index covers 1869 (retrospective to 1851 for masters and mates still sailing in 1869) to 1911.
Genseek's Mariner and Crew Records includes a captains index plus a wide variety of other indexes.
Hall Genealogy Website - UK Mariners Page. This extensive gateway site offers links to a wide variety of resources for researching UK mariners. It is a must to visit.Maritime History Archive, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada holds 70% of the records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen known as Agreements and Account of Crew of British Empire vessels. They hold 1863-1938 plus the majority of the records for 1951-1976.