View Full Version : How do i trace a Masters Certificate?

8th March 2011, 03:33 PM
Hi I am searching for a masters certificate and I don't know where to start.
I am enquiring about a Captain of the Sorceress ship which left Malta to arrive at Rotterdam and sank in the Bay of Biscay in 1919
. There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding this event and if I could find the Captains certificate it would help.The Captain was also a harbour pilot.
I am doing this search for a friend who is the grandson of the Captain Harold Slade Gidley
Any suggestions?

jon dee
8th March 2011, 04:47 PM
Hi Tracy & Welcome, If you can get your head around the following site then good luck.

Ray Buck
8th March 2011, 06:37 PM
Harold Slade Gidley Master Mariner according to national Probate calendar died at sea on the 21st November 1919 , his address was 5 Celtic street Liverpool his widow was Sarah Gidley

Harold Slade Gidley Married 1910 recorded in the March quarter registered in Toxteth Park in volume 8b, page is indistinct 2*1 (possibly 291) his wife was possible Sarah Williams her marriage is registerd in Toxteth Park in volume 8b page 291 in the march quarter of 1910

There was a Harold S Gidley aged 25 (DoB circa 1885) signed on the “Greystoke Castle” as 3rd Mate in 4th July 1910 in Barry The ship arrived San Francisco on the 24th September having sailed from Montevideo on the 2nd August

also There was a Harold Gidley aged 28 signed on as 1st mate on the “Penrith Castle” in Antwerp on the 10th July 1914. the ship arrived in port Townsend on the 8th January 1915having sailed from yokohama 20th December 1914

In the 1901 RG 13/2187 census in Devonport Harbour Cornwall HMS Lion 1st Rate Boys Training ship
Harold Gidley was on the “Lion “ as a Boy under Training aged 15 place of birth Liverpool

“Sorceress” the official No is 94352 the crew agreement for 1919 should give details of the Master which should be in the TNA Kew in BT 99/3478

The following link may be of help in locating the Captains Certificate
http://www.history.ac.uk/gh/capintro.htm .pdf