Newspapers often contain a mine of maritime information, that can be difficult to find elsewhere. Details of sailings, ships masters etc. are now far easier to find using the databases listed below
Online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers published between 1831-2009. Contains lots of interesting shipping information, particularly wartime.
Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954
Historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program.
The Shipping gazette and Sydney general trade list 1844-1855
Details of departures and arrivals and general maritime news
Democracy at War: Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War is a fulltext searchable collection of 144,000 contemporary Canadian newspaper clippings that report on the events of the Second World War.
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Images and full-text books, manuscripts & journals. Contains a digital copy of White Wings by Henry Brett.
New Zealand Newspapers & Periodicals 1839-1932
More than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.
19th Century Newspapers
Your local library membership may allow you to access this database for free. If not the index is still searchable here. The British Newspaper Archive hosts a similar service with a pricing structure more appropriate to the casual user.
Lloyd's List 1741 - 1826
Digital copies of this shipping newspaper reporting shipping movements and casualties, maritime news and other commercial information.
Lloyd's List marine news 1740 - 1837
Database compiled from copies of Lloyd's List deposited at the Guildhall Library. An index to the marine news section, only the news items are included; the ordinary shipping movements have not been indexed.
The Times Archive
Your local library membership may allow you to access this database for free. If not the index is still searchable here
New York Times Archive
The complete backfile of New York Times articles. Articles in the Public Domain (1851-1922) are free.