Port of New York, Index to Discharged or Deserted Crew, 1917-1957
Crew lists are a valuable source of information for genealogists who cannot find immigrants on passenger manifests. However, not all crew members who were discharged in New York City remained in the United States. Many crew members were discharged from one vessel and immediately joined another vessel departing from New York City.
While it is apparent that some cards have names on both the front and back sides, unfortunately only one side was captured in the microfilm. The original cards were destroyed after the microfilm was transferred to the National Archives resulting in the loss of all information on the reverse side of the cards. The images are of varying quality and it may be worth searching NARA publication T715 for additional information.
- John CoffeyJohn Coffey served as a fireman aboard many transatlantic passenger vessels, including the RMS Olympic, RMS Lusitania, and RMS Muaretania. He gained worldwide notoriety in 1912 as “the luckiest man alive” after deserting from RMS Titanic in her last port of call in Ireland. Had Coffey remained aboard, he most likely would have died when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank four days later.(Wikipedia)
- Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 113,439,614 records
- Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1500 - 1900 5,122,219 records
- Atlantic and Gulf Ports, Passenger List Card Index, 1820-1870 1,023,457 records
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