When Belgium becomes independent in 1830, the young nation soon decides to build its own merchant fleet. During the 19th century, this fleet is modernizing and growing at a rapid pace. Sailboats are replaced by steam boats and the Red Star Line steamers and the Congo boats sail worldwide under the Belgian flag. The Belgian National Archives store some very interesting sources about the history of Belgian merchant marine, such as the archives of the Antwerp Ship Administration (Antwerps Schepenbeheer), the archives of the National Maritime Administration (Bestuur van het Zeewezen), crew lists (monsterrollen), passenger lists and migration reports of transatlantic vessels. Take a look at the State Archives newly published illustrated research guide on the subject here (NL/FR).
How to use foreigners files for local history research
May 8, 2017
Case Study: Clara Andres,a sixteen-year-old servant from Germany