Welcome to CLIP - the Crew List Index Project
CLIP is a not-for-profit volunteer project, set up to assist research into the records of British merchant
seafarers of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Over the last twenty years we have worked with hundreds of people
and many archives around the world to make the largest database of seafarers' records and provide unique
resources which are widely used by maritime researchers.
The site provides information about the records of British seafarers and ships, and access to the CLIP maritime database:
How to search for records of seafarers and ships
CLIP databases to help your research
Other sites for maritime records
Welcome to the CLIP web site
The CLIP site provides information and data about the records of British merchant seafarers, mainly from 1863 to 1913. Even after twenty years of work by ourselves and others, the millions of entries
transcribed are only a small sample of the huge volume of crew documents scattered across many archives. This site is designed to help you to find records of a merchant seafarer, either
from our data, or from other data sites, or by helping you find the original documents so that you can order copies.
The site also provides information and data about the records of British merchant shipping with records of every British registered ship from 1855 to the 1950s - all 200,000 of them. The
data is focussed on tracking down crew lists, but we provide other resources, such as indexed images of the Mercantile Navy List, as well as a comprehensive set of links to other sites.
If you need help, we're glad to assist. Please note that we do not do privately commissioned research, not at any price - we'd like you to have the fun. If you have hit a snag, please
first read carefully through the details on this site. We've spent a lot of time trying to make it as clear and helpful as possible. However, we know that the records of ships and seafarers are a
complicated tale and if you really are stuck, do please get in touch. We enjoy dealing with awkward questions; we don't think there is such a thing as a silly question, and we often
learn something along the way. We'll do our best to advise. Oh, and if we've helped, a thank-you is appreciated!
We'd welcome any feedback and suggestions - there's a link to our contact details on the menu bar above.
Pete and Jan Owens