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Post WW1 influenza death under “admiralty charge” at sea
« on: Friday 26 October 18 12:22 BST (UK) »
My grandfather was an officer on a passenger ship and died of influenza at sea.
I have his death certificate but it only states Died/landed at Leith in Scotland. 03.03.1919
I am looking for a possible “ship Captains log” for a possible more exact place & date of his death.
I have found the details of ships logs in the National Archive hoping the captains log is included,
but can’t access/Download any of them on line.

The details of the ship are as follows:
Launched In 1896  the P&O SS Ship no: 104467 “ China” was a a passenger ship going from
The uk to Australia and New Zealand Via the Sues canal, China, India etc
She was seconded as a hospital ship during WW1 based in the area of Scapa Flow.
In 1918 – 1919 she was used to return foreign troops back to their homelands’ such as India,
Australia etc.

National archive reference
Order in advance Request a copy, this cannot be dowloaded
Reference:   BT 165/1908
Extracted Logs:
Date:   1919
Held by:   The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:   Public Record(s)
Closure status:   Open Document, Open Description

The National Archives' catalogue
BT - Records of the Board of Trade and of successor and related bodies
Division within BT-Records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and successor
BT 165 - Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Ships' Official Logs
BT 165/1908
Ships Catalogue description
Ship's Name China Official Number 104467 Dates of Voyages 16.02.1918 – 24.03.1919
25.04.1919 – 12.08.1919 and 26.09.1919 – 10.11.1919.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Post WW1 influenza death under “admiralty charge” at sea
« Reply #1 on: Friday 26 October 18 13:17 BST (UK) »
You seem to have obtained the correct references.
Ask TNA for a quote on the Logbook for the date of voyage 16/02/1919-24/3/1919. This should ensure that you will be only charged for the Logbook which is of interest to you. By law details of his demise should be recorded in the Logbook.
Have you looked at the Deaths at Sea Registers available from FindMyPast.
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