1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 23, 2021 2:00 PM by Julia Jennings-Jarrell

    Seeking US Merchant ship logs of the Murray M Blum, etc

    Mike Clement Newbie

      Could someone point me in the right direction to find the ports of call for US Merchant ships? I am trying to find out if my father was involved in any conflicts as a crew member during WW2 and the Korean war. In particular, the Murray M Blum for Apr 1945 to Sept 1945, the SS Peter Moran for Mar 1946 to Sept 1946, the Luxembourg Victory July 1950 to Dec 1950, and finally. the SS Ventura Jul 1951 to Sep 1951. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking US Merchant ship logs of the Murray M Blum, etc
          Julia Jennings-Jarrell Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Clement,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Armed Guard Files in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that includes the file unit Murray M. Blum 11/08/44 - 02/18/46. We also located the series titled Armed Guard Logs, 1943 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that contains the deck logs for the Murray M. Blum for November 6, 1944 to September 21 1945 in container 523. Plus, we located the Central Correspondence Files, 1936 - 1950 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178) that includes a file unit titled  901-13830 Luxembourg Victory (MCE #90). For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

          In addition, we located Secret Logs for United States Merchant Vessels, 1942 - 1946 in the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Record Group 181) that includes logs for the Peter Moran from March 1946 to September 1946. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Next, we located the Official Logbooks of Merchant Vessels, 1942 - 1978 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that includes log books of the Ventura from July 1951 to September 1951. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB) via email at sanbruno.archives@nara.gov.

           

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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!