You may have noticed an increase in the spam postings and comments on this site recently. Unfortunately, this is a caused by the increasingly sophisticated programs or "bots" that trawl the internet these days.
The search for sites such as this one and drop their "payload" in the hope of either generating sales or increasing the Google page rankings of any links they post.
This site has just had a software upgrade.
If you come across any problems please comment below.
For personal reasons, Tony will no longer be able to deal with email queries regarding Coastguards related requests.
Consequently, until further notice members and guests looking for related information are asked not to use the contact page for such matters as these messages will no longer reach him. Everyone is welcome to use the forums as usual where they can post their own requests and hopefully answer others questions.
This from the National Archives website - it appears that they have extended the coverage of RN service records:
The records of seamen who joined the Royal Navy between 1853 and 1923 can now be searched and downloaded from Documents Online, The National Archives' digital records service.
While many of the records from the Registers of Seamen's Services (ADM 188) and the Continuous Service engagement books (ADM 139) have previously been digitised, we have only recently completed the collection by releasing the final batch of files (ADM 139/221 - 1027) online. This means that over 680,000 records on Royal Naval seaman are now available to search and download.
Couple to tweaks to the Records Database...
Members can now post a comment on a record if they have information to add, it's the same comments system as elsewhere on the site.
The latest comments panel on the right will be updated to show new posts.