'The International Seafarer' was published as an English language supplement to 'Der Internationale Transportarbeiter' ('The International Transport Workers Bulletin') by the Seamen's Section of the International Propaganda Committee of Revolutionary Transport Workers. It was a 'rank and file' journal linked with the Communist Party and attacked mainstream trade union leaders such as Ernest Bevin. Subjects covered include conditions in Germany and the Soviet Union, Chinese and other non-European workers on European merchant vessels, Communist-led campaigns such as the National Unemployed Workers' Committee Movement and National Minority Movement, international solidarity and seafarers' strikes, marine safety and working conditions.
The archives of the International Transport Workers' Federation include an incomplete set of the journal:
Sep/Oct 1923 - Dec 1924/Jan 1925: vol. 1, nos. 1-2, 4-5, 7-8.
Mar/Apr 1926: vol. 2, no. 1.
Jan/Mar & Jun/Oct 1927: vol. 3, nos. 1 & 4.
Sep-Nov 1928: new series, vol. 1, nos. 1-3
Jan/Feb - Dec 1929: new series, vol. 1, nos. 1-4, 7, 9-10
Apr & Jun 1930: new series, vol. 2, nos. 3 & 5
All of these editions have been digitised and are freely available through our online catalogue.Link opens in a new window