Registres matricules des gens de mer – 1751-1950 – These are highly detailed crew lists, often with copies of brith registrations. There are alphabetic indices at the end of each volume.
Rôles des bâtiments de commerce – 1751-1816 – These are the papers required of each merchant vessel, listing stores, cargo, crew and passengers. Included in this category are the matricules des bateaux de plaisance – 1850-1906, the crew and passenger lists for pleasure craft.
Matricules des bâtiments de commerce – 1741-1929 – Filed on the vessel’s return to port, this gives the same information as the rôle, but will show any changes or alterations that may have occurred during the voyage.
Répertoires d’armement et de désarmement des bâtiments de commerce – these are essentially finding aids, the lists that give the numbers, dates and names of ships necessary to find them in the relevant documents above.
Details may be found at: http://goo.gl/WHu3w7.
My thanks to newsletter reader Ernest Thode for telling me about this resource.