Many of our historical records were destroyed when Trinity House suffered fires in 1666, 1714 and bombing in 1940.

At Trinity House we hold Service Lists for the Lighthouse, Lightvessel and Steam Vessel Service staff covering the years 1894, 1899, 1903 and 1910. Records for staff post 1920 may be held by our Pensions Department. To enquire about a former member of staff please contact:

Please be advised that time and resource do not permit us to undertake frequent searches of our surviving archive which means you may wait six to eight weeks for a response to your enquiry.

In the mean time you may wish to try the following organisations:

London Metropolitan Archives

The majority of the Trinity House archive, including Pilotage and Almspeople / Pensioners records are held at the London Metropolitan Archives. Enquiries should be addressed to:

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB. See our 'External Links' on the right of this page.


A list of lighthouse keepers between c1790-1911 has been compiled by Stan Waight on Genuki See our 'External Links' on the right of this page.

Merchant Navy Records

If you are enquiring about personnel in the Merchant Navy you may find the National Archives Useful See our 'External Links' on the right of this page.


Information about the Coastguard can be found by visiting the MCA Website See our 'External Links' on the right of this page.


Other sources you may find useful are:
  • Society of Genealogists
  • British Library
  • National Archives
  • Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth
  • UK Hydrographic Office