Web sites relating to maritime records
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Comprehensive and clear list of links to maritime history resources.
Details of the Southern Whale Fishery, 1775 to 1859, with databases of voyages and crew.
Details of the training ships which prepared boys for the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy.
Merchant shipping during World War 2, including details of convoys. Includes other useful information on earlier vessels.
The major links site for genealogists. Recently refurbished with a good selection of maritime links.
A wonderful collection of images and ephemera, many relating to shipping and immigration.
The Heritage and Education Centre pages provide an access point to the extensive archives of Lloyd's Register.
The site for the Mariners mailing list with a huge amount of useful information.To join the Mariners mailing list, send a message to: Mariners-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org with the ONE word SUBSCRIBE.
Images of timetables for shipping companies dating back to the early 1900s.
Subscription site with details of larger steam and motor vessels world-wide.
Site with much detail on naval vessels which also includes some details of British merchant vessels lost in WW1.
Hosts many forums relating to shipping and seafarers.
Includes details of Merchant Navy memorials.
Masses of information, concentrating on passenger vessels and passenger lists.
Claims to be the world's largest online wreck database.
Comprehensive details of WW2 U-boats, but also details of all Allied ships attacked.
Documents the whaling industry, both American and British.
WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of 10,000 libraries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative.
The Maritime History Archive collects and preserves documents relating to maritime history and holds 70% of the crew lists for British ports.
The National Archives is home to millions of documents, files and images including extensive maritime records.
Archives Wales's online catalogue provides searchable information about more than 7,000 collections of historical records in the holdings of 21 archives in Wales.
These pages about World War I are just part of the People's Collection Wales site, which provides a wonderful forum for recording and presenting Welsh heritage.
Information about the gateway to America for countless migrants, including databases of personal names and the immigrant ships.
The Historic Environment Scotland site includes the Canmore database which includes wrecks in Scottish waters.
An index of nearly 25,000 Irish born merchant seamen drawn from the CR10 seamens record cards at Southampton Records Office.
Irish Shipwrecks provides maritime researchers and wreck divers with information on shipwrecks in Irish Coastal Waters, with a searchable database of wrecks.
Databases include immigration vessels and their passengers lists.
Searchable database of records of ships, mariners and passengers arriving in New South Wales.
Access point for the French maritime museums and archives.
Australian government records, including shipping registers for Austalian ports and passenger arrivals.
Data from crew lists held at the National Archives of Ireland.
A comprehensive index of vessels, people and organisations referred to in books and publications.
Historic England's web site presents information from the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) for 420,000 sites, including wrecks in the waters around England.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales site includes the Coflein database which includes wrecks in the waters around Wales.
The project aims to provide a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives.
The maritime history of the Netherlands.
ELMAP has created a searchable online database of references to records with maritime and naval significance that are held in local record offices and other archives across England and Wales.
Dr Reg Davies' site has an index of 23,000 Welsh Master Mariners.
The site includes details of digital resources including copies of MNL and the Register of Australian and New Zealand Shipping.
Records of the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital from 1826 to 1930 which are available via Ancestry.
The premier American maritime museum. The site includes several databases which are useful for researchers into British shipping.
NMM is the major British maritime museum so this site is a mine of information, including useful research guides.
The South Australian Maritime Museum's superb site with details of passengers, ships and ships logs.
A searchable database of the Shipping Registers of Dumfries (1824 to 1904), Kirkcudbright (1824 to 1841), Stranraer (1824 to 1908) and Wigtown (1836 to 1920).
Catalogue includes Hull fishing vessels and their crews, which can be searched by ship's name or seafarer's name.
Online catalogue for Medway Council Archives Service with details of their holdings of crew lists and shipping registers, including images of shipping registers for Rochester.
Online catalogue includes Grimsby crew lists. When it is working, it is searchable by personal name and vessel name.
Shipping records include index of arrivals at Sydney 1837 - 1925.
Online catalogue includes a partial (1863 to 1880) catalogue of their holdings of crew lists, searchable by personal name and vessel name.
Glamorgan shipping. It also has much useful maritime information, and an extended list of links.
Details of Grimsby trawlers.
Details the martime history of Dundee, including a section on whaling.
Images, details and stories relating to trawlers from Fleetwood, Grimsby, Hull and many other European ports.
A downloadable account of the history of Fraserburgh written in 1913, with details of the port and shipping.
Details of Hartlepool ships, shipbuilding and shipwrecks. Includes image of shipping register entries, 1845-1855.
Part of Raymond Forward's site with much maritime information, including lists of Cornish shipping registers, fishing registers and crew lists.
Porthleven fishing and fishing boats.
Part of the Lowestoft History site provides details of the Lowestoft fishing industry and ships.
Details and images of the trawlers and men who sailed from Milford.
Includes lots of details and photos of shipping and seafarers relating to Llyn, North Wales.
Records of ships owned or built in Goole.
Bryan Richards' site has 108,000 entries from Swansea crew lists and records of Swansea vessels.
Thames tugs from 1833 to 2010.
Run by the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust, providing details of Fleetwood trawlers.
Sunderland shipping and shipbuilders.
P&O official site, with details of 2,5000 ships and an excellent links page.
Includes details of ships operated by the various north-eastern railway companies.
Records of 3,000 ships built in Aberdeen since 1811 and related objects held at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.
Details of shipbuilding at Berwick-on-Tweed from 1751 to 1979.
Details of shipbuilding in Brixham.
Shipbuilding at Birkenhead
The history of Harland & Wolff shipyard, with a list of ships.
Shipping records held at National Records of Scotland including Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
Details of Scottish built ships.
Details and list of ships built and registered in Shoreham from mediaeval times to the 20th century.
Ships built at Sunderland and on the River Wear
Details of ships built on the River Tees, Hartlepool and Whitby.
A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built.
A history of Tyne tugs, their builders and owners.
Index of the Cambrian, South Wales Daily Post and the Western Mail from which a Ships and Shipping classification can be selected.
Over a million digitised images of New Zealand newspapers courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand including shipping news.
Searchable images of Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954, which include shipping movements and other maritime information.
Searchable images of Welsh newspapers from 1804 to 1919, which include shipping movements at Welsh ports.
Material relating to the Great Lakes, including on-line databases of shipping, ports and people.
Index of pictures of sailing vessels with New Zealand and Australian connections.