I have been Trattling the last couple of weeks - just not blogging. I have now established a spreadsheet listing all entries that I find for Births, bapt, chr, marr - some deaths and burials. Tis list includes the variants TRATTLE, TRATTEL, TRATTLES, TRATTELS, TRATLE, TRATLES, TRATTELL, TRATTELLS. I was amazed at the number of TRATELs in the South in late 1700s and wonder are these linked somehow. Some of them were merchant seamen.
The old parish records have given me much new info to work on.
Also just come across the Merchant Seamen index for 1845-1854 :