These Log-Books were standard in the British Merchant
Navy at the time of WWII. They are a legal agreement between the
ship-owners and their crew for that particular voyage. When that
voyage is finished, the crew is paid off, wages settled etc. They
may have the option of signing on for another voyage, providing
their conduct was satisfactory and the ship is to leave on another
voyage. This document lays out the responsibilities of the ship-owners
to their crews; accommodation, food, discipline expected and penalties
for transgressions etc. It records the name, address and next of
kin as well as things that effect the crew, such as injury, desertion,
arrest, and their rating after the voyage is over. Each crew member
must sign this document, signifying their acceptance of the contract.
Other notations by the Officers are navigation or administrative,
such as leaving or arriving in port, draft of the ship, grounding,
The Empire Sandy had six 'voyages' during WW11
and all six 'Official Log-Books' covering them are recorded here.
The maiden voyage was to Iceland, July 30, 1943 until Sept 14, 1943
and are covered, in detail, by JPEG 'Official Log-Books 001 - 018'.
Voyages two thru six do not have the detailed administrative information
as they are the same in each voyage. They are covered in TNA-25-5-05
033 to TNA-25-5-05 125. Click the links below to view the log books.
The cover-page of each Official Log-Book for each
1) Official Log-Book 001 - To Iceland
Voyage 2) TNA-25-5-05
033 - To Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Voyage 3) TNA-25-5-05
068 - To France, Cherbourg, Arrowmanches
Voyage 4) TNA-25-5-05
080 - To Sierra Leone, Mediterranean
Voyage 5) TNA-25-5-05
098 - Local UK
Voyage 6) TNA-25-5-05
116 - Local UK
'Beatty Shore Leave Pass' is of the Chief Engineer, John Beatty.
John is the last crew of the Empire Sandy that is known. He lives
in Perth Australia (2008)
Further information in:
* Some documents give this date as her 'launching'
See 'Empire Tugs' by W. J. Harvey and K. Turrell
** see www.convoyweb.org.uk