My grandfather supposedly ran away to sea when he was 12. We have even had problems identifying the name (which doesn't help!). From crew lists I've tracked down he has consistently signed his name as Ali Bell Mohomll.
From the Central Index Register of Seamen 1913-1941 I see that he states his place of birth was Sfax, Algeria. But Sfax is in Tunisia not Algeria! So which is it - is he Algerian or Tunisian?
Was there ever a time when it was all Algeria? Did the distinctions perhaps become blurred when they were both part of the French protectorate?
Any assistance/thoughts would be gratefully received.