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Merchant Seaman Engineer - Dennis Arthur Maine

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Deez Report 1 Mar 2013 10:41

I'm trying to find any Merchant Navy/Navy records relating to my late father Dennis Arthur Maine 12/10/1923 - 10/10/2008. He was born in Axbridge Somerset. I know he was in the arctic convoy but not what ship he was on. I know that he was a survivor from the SS California that was sunk in July 1943. I believe when his parents died, his aunts sent him to Dartmouth Naval College. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you. Dee.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Mar 2013 11:45

Merchant Seaman records 1918 to 1941 are on Findmypast. Making a free search with surname Maine and yob 1923 +/- 1, the only results are 3 with the initial A, one James George, and one initial R.

Assuming he stayed in the Merchant Navy, explore this link from the National Archives


Deez Report 1 Mar 2013 12:18

Thank you for your help.


Christine Report 1 Mar 2013 14:14


Do you have anything at all from your Dad that has his service number on it? If so, if it starts with an "R", that would tell you that he was Merchant Navy, and it is a good starting point for any research.


was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 1 Mar 2013 16:46

This could be his medal record

This looks like his records at the National Archives - date of birth is right, but a year out

R281800 MAINE #D A 12/10/1922 CHEDDAR

Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Central Register of Seamen: Seamen's Records ('Pouches'). R281800 MAINE #D A 12/10/1922 CHEDDAR.

Collection: Records of the Board of Trade and of successor and related bodies
Date range: 01 January 1913 - 31 December 1972
Reference:BT 372/580/51
Subjects:Americas, Merchant seaman


Deez Report 5 Mar 2013 13:46

Thank you for your help - much appreciated.


Edzwife Report 6 Mar 2013 16:13

Try this, Officers born 1914 and later Ratings enlisted after 1924
disclosure Cell
MP G-2
Room 48
West Battery
Whale Island
PO2 8 SX

Tel 0239262 8654/8666/8667/8670/8671