Documents by archive

This page provides details of the documents held at archives, split into Crew Lists and Shipping Registers. We have not attempted to list other maritime-related documents which an archive may hold.

The sources of this information are:

For more detail, where possible we link to the archive's catalogue, or TNA's Discovery. Unfortunately, several archives have catalogues driven by software called DServe, which is best described as 'user hostile'. It needs considerable patience to use, is often slow, or just locks up. In due course, where we can do so we aim to copy data onto the CLIP database so that it can be better accessed. However, it is important to make use of the archives catalogue to cross-check our data because archives are continuing to catalogue and re-catalogue these documents and our data may be out of date.

For crew lists, we list the ports for which the archive holds documents, and the years covered. Where possible, we link this on to details for individual vessels.

For shipping registers, we list the ports for which the archive holds documents and the volumes which they hold. For some documents at one or two archives, we have been able to make an index by folio (page). For the port of Rochester volumes we provide links to the archive's images of the register. For the Isle of Man documents, we are able to provide a transcript of each folio, including the names of owners, masters and builders. These names of individuals can be found by using the 'People named in shipping registers' search page.

Crew lists held at National Records of Scotland DetailDetails for all ports

Port Years Reference Links
Aberdeen 1886 - 1913 BT3 DetailDetails
Ayr 1886 - 1910 BT3 DetailDetails
Leith 1868 - 1914 BT3 DetailDetails
Port Glasgow 1892 - 1897 BT3 DetailDetails
Various 1867 - 1914 BT3 Sorry, no details

Sources

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) online catalogue has a list of the ships for which records are held.

Links

Archive catalogue

Notes

Class BT3 includes about 700 crew lists and agreements for ships from various ports. The documents are held offsite and must be ordered in advance of a visit.

Shipping registers held at National Records of Scotland DetailDetails for all ports

Port Years Reference Links
Anstruther 1824 - 1852 CE103/11 DetailDetails
Banff 1801 - 1989 CE64/11 DetailDetails
Buckie 1869 - 1989 CE89/11 DetailDetails
Burntisland 1905 - 1982 CE96/11 DetailDetails
Dumfries 1905 - 1999 CE51/11/12 DetailDetails
Fraserburgh 1844 - 1988 CE66/11 DetailDetails
Granton 1866 - 1993 CE106/11 DetailDetails
Greenock 1785 - 1979 CE60/11 DetailDetails
Inverness 1879 - 1989 CE62/11/37-69 DetailDetails
Kirkcaldy 1824 - 1990 CE63/11 DetailDetails
Kirkwall 1904 - 1999 CE55/11/25-27 DetailDetails
Leith 1826 - 1993 CE57/11 DetailDetails
Methil 1904 - 1982 CE88/11 DetailDetails
Peterhead 1844 - 1990 CE65/11 DetailDetails
Port Glasgow 1785 - 1979 CE60/11 DetailDetails
Stornoway 1786 - 1989 CE86/11 DetailDetails

Sources

NRS online catalogue.

Links

Archive catalogue

Notes

Shipping registers are held offsite and must be ordered in advance of a visit.