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Dear Mr. Bennett,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the General Records, 1918-1932 of the Sea Service; the Records Relating to the Engagement and Discharge of Seamen, 1872 - 1943 of the Bureau of Navigation; and Registers of Endorsements of Change of Master, 1891 - 1937 of the District of Tacoma (Washington) in the Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation (Record Group 41). These may contain the information you seek.
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Thanks so much for the recommendations. I will definitely check with both locations.
In the mean-time, I wanted to mention that I found a helpful resource for the Seattle, WA area in the "Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society":
They were able to locate copies of certificate records for my great-grandfather from this time period. Apparently, such certificates were renewed every five years and they had copies of his Marine Engineer (all vessel types) certificates from the years 1917, 1922, and 1927. They also mentioned that steam vessels from the period were required to have a licensed engineer on board, but diesel vessels did not for local voyages. Their researcher said these older certification records were no longer available from the Coast Guard, which has been my experience as well, so your references are particularly helpful.