RETURN OF THE DEATHS OF SEAMEN AND FISHERMEN REPORTED TO THE BOARD OF TRADE IN THE YEAR ENDED 30TH JUNE, 1910.

H.M.S.O.


£75.00




HMSO, 1st.ed., 1911. Vi + 88 pp., many tables. Bound in black cloth ; gilt ; with original blue wrappers bound in. 34 x 22cm. FINE. The official return for the deaths from all causes of British merchant seamen and fishermen during the period 1909-1910. Of the 234,925 seamen (excluding fishermen) at sea in UK ships in 1909, 161,712 were British, 43,142 were Lascars, and 30,071 were other foreigners. During 1909-10, 2,095, or 1 in 112, lost their lives. These include the 119 seamen aboard the WARATAH which mysteriously disappeared ; and 93 seamen lost in the missing steamer LOODIANA. This is opposed to 2,656 deaths (or 1 in every 82) in 1901-02. Of the 2,095 figure for 1909-10, 1,223 (or 1 in 192) were deaths by injury, accidental or otherwise. To break the figure down further, 786 were British, 219 Lascars, and 218 foreigners (total 1,223). The suicide, supposed suicide, and disappearances, were highest among the stoke-hold hands, being about four times as high as amongst engine-room hands, and more than four times as high as outside the Engineers’ Department. This book goes into great detail and analysis the figures from every conceivable angle, including accidents aboard square-riggers as opposed to steamers ; causes of accidents to both ships and seamen. The same applies for diseases, after discharge, and from drink. The latter, for example, is broken down by rank or rate, by nationality, by sail or steam, and by cause of death from drinking : falling from deck, drowned when going from vessel to shore, killed or drowned returning to vessel, falling into dock while ashore, found drowned in dock, homicide, and alcoholism. Further tables & particulars are given for Fishermen. The book makes grim but compelling reading and highlights the perils of a seaman’s life.


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