- set up this site, with finding aids for vessel and crew list details;
- added data from sources such as the Irish National Archives, the Mercantile Navy List and Record Office catalogues;
- developed software for transcription of Shipping Registers from images and made transcripts of the registers held at Manx National Heritage Library;
- in collaboration with The National Archives, transferred the paper index to the crew lists in BT 99 to a database.
- made the first complete index of official numbers for British registered ships, from the Appropriation Books held at the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff.
- complemented the index of official numbers with transcriptions from the Mercantile Navy List for every tenth year to make by far the largest database of British registered ships.
- worked with The National Archives to transcribe all the crew lists in BT 99 for 1881 and 1891.
- transcribed all the crew lists held at Anglesey Archives, Devon Archives and the lists for Union-Castle ships held at Southampton City Archives
- made an index of the records of Masters and Mates from images of documents in BT124 at The National Archives.
- provided the transcription facilities and support for the joint TNA/NMM transcription of the crew lists for 1915 held at TNA and NMM.
We have now completed CLIP transcription projects and have no plans at present to start any more.
The CLIP transcription system is still in use at Portsmouth City Archives and Glamorgan Archives with local volunteers entering data directly from the documents.
We are providing the transcription facilities for the next joint TNA/NMM project which is the transcription of all the Royal Navy ratings records for World War I. If you would be interested in taking part in this project, please contact us and we will be glad to put you in touch with the staff at TNA who are recruiting, training and supporting the transcribers. Do please get in touch.
The sort of projects we like to be involved in are:
- collaborative projects like CLIP;
- focussed on gathering and publishing data from maritime records of the same period, though not necessarily crew lists;
- based on using information technology in a variety of ways, and
- at least self-financing on a not-for-profit basis, though we wouldn’t be averse to profit-making ventures either!
- working on other maritime records such as shipping registers, fishing registers or newspaper shipping news;
- digitising maritime records;
- focussing on a single port, or an area (Wales or the Irish Sea, for example);
- making the CLIP transcription software available.