MT 85

This page contains additional information on The National Archives file class MT 85. A class is a group of documents of similar type and orgin.  In this the MT is short for “Ministry of Transport” although in this case the files originated from an earlier department – the “Board of Trade”.

The individual documents (which the UK National Archives call “pieces”) are large bound volumes approximately A4 in size.

The MT 85 class consists of registers of the Booard of Trade Marine Division correspondence between 1851 and 1919. They take the form of press copies of entries, giving brief details of correspondents, date and contents of letters and the registered number of each paper.

Subject indexes of the correspondence are contained in MT 86

Note :  NOT all correspondence referenced by MT 85 registers still exists. So in many cases this (and the index entry in MT 86) will be the only remaining references to the correspondence.

MT 85 is arranged in Board of Trade “M” folder sequential number order. Each number therefore corresponds to a “M” folder of correspondence on a particular theme.  The original folders can be found in the MT 9 series usually bundled with folders relating to the same topic.

Example MT 85 Entry from MT 85/386

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Folder Reference: [M]9033 Folder Description:

R.G.S. [Registrar General of Shipping]

Deaths

SS Brussels

Asking if Board received death certificate G. CARTER asked for by G.E. Railway.

Dates: 27 June / 28 June [1919]

Previous Paper: 1414.3386

Board of Trade Name: Mr TULL

[Death, Brussels, G Carter, G.E. Railway have been underlined which means the terms are indexed in MT 86].

 

The documents which related to the the First World War time period (and therefore contain material that relates to POWs are as follows:-

 

MT 85/322 Registers of   Correspondence. Numbers: 1 – 2500 1914
MT 85/323 Registers of   Correspondence. Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1914
MT 85/324 Registers of   Correspondence. Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1914
MT 85/325 Registers of Correspondence. Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1914
MT 85/326 Registers of   Correspondence.Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1914
MT 85/327 Registers of Correspondence. Numbers: 12501 – 15000 1914
MT 85/328 Registers of   Correspondence. Numbers: 15001 – 17500 1914
MT 85/329 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 17501 – 20000 1914
MT 85/330 Registers of   Correspondence. Numbers: 20001 – 22500 1914
MT 85/331 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 22501 – 25000 1914
MT 85/332 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 25001 – 27500 1914
MT 85/333 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 27501 – 30000 1914
MT 85/334 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 30001 – 33004 1914
MT 85/335 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 1 – 2500 1915
MT 85/336 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1915
MT 85/337 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1915
MT 85/338 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1915
MT 85/339 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1915
MT 85/340 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 12501 – 15000 1915
MT 85/341 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 15001 – 17500 1915
MT 85/342 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 17501 – 20000 1915
MT 85/343 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 20001 – 22500 1915
MT 85/344 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 22501 – 25000 1915
MT 85/345 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 25001 – 27520 1915
MT 85/346 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 27501 – 30000 1915
MT 85/347 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 30001 – 32500 1915
MT 85/348 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 32501 – 35333 1915
MT 85/349 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 1 – 2500 1916
MT 85/350 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1916
MT 85/351 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1916
MT 85/352 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1916
MT 85/353 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1916
MT 85/354 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 12501 – 15000 1916
MT 85/355 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 15001 – 17500 1916
MT 85/356 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 17501 – 20000 1916
MT 85/357 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 20001 – 22500 1916
MT 85/358 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 22501 – 25000 1916
MT 85/359 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 25001 – 27500 1916
MT 85/360 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 27501 – 30000 1916
MT 85/361 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 30001 – 32500 1916
MT 85/362 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 32501 – 35000 1916
MT 85/363 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 35001 – 37029 1916
MT 85/364 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 1 – 2500 1917
MT 85/365 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1917
MT 85/366 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1917
MT 85/367 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1917
MT 85/368 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1917
MT 85/369 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 12501 – 15000 1917
MT 85/370 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 15001 – 18650 1917
MT 85/371 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 18651 – 31000 1917
MT 85/372 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 31001 – 34000 1917
MT 85/373 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 34001 – 37000 1917
MT 85/374 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 37001 – 40000 1917
MT 85/375 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 40001 – 54478 1917
MT 85/376 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 1 – 2500 1918
MT 85/377 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1918
MT 85/378 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1918
MT 85/379 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1918
MT 85/380 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1918
MT 85/381 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 12501 – 14783 1918
MT 85/382 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 1 – 2500 1919
MT 85/383 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 2501 – 5000 1919
MT 85/384 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 5001 – 7500 1919
MT 85/385 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 7501 – 10000 1919
MT 85/386 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 10001 – 12500 1919
MT 85/387 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 12501 – 15000 1919
MT 85/388 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 15001 – 18000 1919
MT 85/389 Registers of Correspondence.   Numbers: 18001 – 20929 1919