1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 15, 2020 9:13 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking shipping articles of SS Murfreesboro


      The SS Murfreesboro departed New York 2/22/1944, I am seeking a copy of the Shipping Articles for this voyage.

        • Re: Seeking shipping articles of SS Murfreesboro
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick,


          Thank you for posting your request in History Hub!

          The National Archives at New York’s collection of Shipping Articles in the  Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) only dates through 1874. There potentially could be copies of the shipping articles included with the vessel log.  We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Official Logbooks of Merchant Vessels, 1942 - 1988 in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that may include a log for the SS Murfreesboro. Please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov for more information about these records. Please note that the catastrophic fire on February 26, 1944 that killed many of the crew also may have destroyed any ship records from the voyage.


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