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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finding an Ancestor in the Canadian Merchant Marine

Cornelia asked
my older sister tells me that our maternal grandfather, Allen John Wagner, ran away when he was about 15 and joined the Canadian Merchant Marine. that would be around 1900, give or take a couple years. we have no clue what the name of the ship was, he doesn't show up on the 1901 Canadian or 1900 American census as far as I can find, and we've no idea how to find his seaman protection papers. Allan John Wagner was born May 3rd 1886 Boston, MA to Charles Wagner of Poland and Annie McDonald of Nova Scotia.he returned to his parents by 1910 and by 1920 they had crossed the nation and settled in California.can you help us find his seaman's protection papers?

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hello Cornelia, it looks like you've done some good research on your grandfather. I can only direct you to the available records for the Canadian Merchant Marine and for seamen.

Available records include

Central Registry of Seamen, 1875-1983

Registers of Marine Certificates, 1872-1971

Lloyd's Captains Registers, 1851-1947

Best of luck with your search!

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