Shipping Registers & Databases
Aberdeen Built Ships
Information about 3,000 recorded ships built in Aberdeen since 1811.
Australian Register of Historic Vessels
Register of vessels of all types and sizes built up to 1965 which are relevant to Australia’s maritime heritage.
Bristol Ships 1800-1838
Detailed entries on over 600 vessels, date of building, size, owner, master, change of owner, with a summary of each vessel's career.
British Shipbuilding Database
It records data on some 80000 ships, mostly over 2500 tons, built or engined in the British Isles from the mid 19th century to the present.
Board of Trade Wreck Reports 1876-1951
Transcripts and images of the original reports for 1876-1894, and 1926-1951.
Canadian Ship Registration Index
Contains more than 78,000 entries of ships registered in ports of Canada between 1787 and 1966.
CLIP Vessel Data by Official Number
Includes every British registered ship from 1855 to the early 1950s with official numbers 1 to 200000.
CLIP Vessel Data by Ship Name
Index of ships by name. It shows matching names and their official number. Includes every British registered ship from 1855 to the early 1950s with official numbers 1 to 200000.
ClydeBuilt Ships Database
Online database containing the records of about 20,000 ships built on the Clyde.
Clyde Built Ships Database
Funded by the trustees of the Caledonian Maritime Research Trust this database is updated daily and contains information on 28,000 vessels.
Illustrated database of ships built on the Clyde for Canadian Pacific.
Connecticut Ships Database 1789-1939
Contains not only information about the ships but also all the people associated with them , whether a captain, an owner, a Builder or surveyor, depending upon who was listed on the original records.
Current Ship Movements (AIS)
Vessel movements in real time from around the UK. Including maps tracking individual ships,their statistics and photos.
Locations of Customs Registers in the UK - this listing is not entirely accurate as Merseyside Maritime Museum holds some registers for Bristol
Exeter Local Maritime Project
A searchable online database of references to records with maritime & naval significance that are held in local record offices and other archives across
England and Wales.
Fleetwood Motor Trawlers
Dedicated to the Fleetwood fishing industry
and the motor trawlers that sailed from the port. Includes a database of vessels with photographs and technical details.
Gourlay Brothers Ship Plans
Alphabetical list of plans from the Dundee shipbuilding company.
Hartlepool Ships and Shipping
Images and documents from Hartlepool's Library and Museum Services' collections.
A searchable database of ship wrecks on and off the Irish Coast.
In particular Henry Robb, shipbuilders.
Lloyd's List marine news 1740 - 1837
Lloyd's List has been the leading daily newspaper for the maritime world for more than 250 years In particular it records the movements of ships, marine news of casualties, ‘speakings’ and other events involving individual vessels.
This incomplete sequence of 18th & 19th Century volumes were scanned by Google. They have the advantage of being searchable and so it is possible to look for masters, owners etc.
Illustrated catalogue of ship portraits held at the National Museum Wales.
Mariners & Ships in Australian Waters
Searchable databases of ships, masters, crew and passengers mostly transcribed from the State Records of New South Wales.
Maryport Sailing Ship Index
Histories of merchant sailing ships that were built or owned in Maryport.
National Register of Historic Vessels
Includes details of designer, builder, dimensions, construction, propulsion, service history, current location and ownership, as well as photographs of many of the vessels.
Scottish Shipping Registers
Registers of Dumfries & Annan (1824 to 1904), Kirkcudbright (1824 to 1841), Stranraer (1824 to 1908) and Wigtown (1836 to 1920).
Shipbuilding on the River Tees
Details of ships built on Teeside between 1850 and 1990.
Shipping Company Records Guide
Shipping companies whose records, or part-records, are held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. These are mainly business records and do not cover operations, voyages or passenger lists.
The Ships List
Well established site with transcriptions of passenger lists, immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more.
Database of plans held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Sunderland Built Ships & Shipbuilders
An extensive compilation of information on Sunderland's industrial and maritime heritage.
Whitehaven Sailing Ship Index
Histories of merchant sailing ships that were built or owned in Whitehaven.
Shipping Company Fleet Lists/Histories
Alfred Holt & Co - a History
Blue Star Line
British India Steam Navigation Company
British India Steam Navigation Company Cadet & Training Ships
East India Company
Elders & Fyffes
Isle of Man Steam Packet
Lamport & Holt
New Zealand Shipping Co.
P & O
War Related Records
Allied Warships WWll
Database of all allied warships in WWll. Includes a comprehensive. if incomplete, listing of fighting ships lost.
Dunkirk Little Ships
Includes photographs and a listing of the ships their specifications and history.
Merchant Shipping (WWll) Movement Records
Data includes the name of the ship, any former name it had, its size (tonnage), to whom it was registered, the ship's destination, date of arrival and occasionally ports of call. Also any cargo carried on board as well as recording if the ship was torpedoed, mined, damaged or sunk during the war.
Norwegian War Medals (World War Two)
Royal Naval Museum Information Sheets Royal Naval Reserve Officers (1939-1945)