Ship whose official number is 54219

This page is an index of ships by official number drawn from the primary records of British shipping from 1855 to the 1950s.

All British ships were registered at one of the hundreds of ports of registry around Britain and the then British Colonies. From 1855 onwards, each ship was allocated an official number. These numbers provided a unique reference and they are still used by modern archives as a means of identification of documents.

The index shows the ship's name(s) and ports of registry, with links to other data such as the location of crew list holdings and clear references to the sources of our data.

The database includes every British registered ship from 1855 to the early 1950s with official numbers 1 to 200000. It was last updated on 6th May 2023 and contains 794743 entries.

For a full explanation of the records of British shipping, please see our information page: Records of British ships

How to search for ships by official numbers

On the search form, enter the ship's official number in the range from 1 to 199550. This should be a pure number without wild-cards such as '*', '%', '?'.

Then click .

Reading the results

The results show the names given to that ship and her ports of registry, together with other details such as tonnage.

The source of our information is shown in all cases, with links to images of documents or to archive catalogues wherever possible. For example, the icons link to images of the Appropriation Books or the exact Mercantile Navy List page. You can check our data for yourself.

Using the results

Below the results table, there are links to the MHA and CLIP indexes of crew lists and agreements.

Below again is a link which opens a list of further links to other sites which may have data for this official number.

Where there is a Board of Trade enquiry report - a 'Wreck Report' - relating to the ship, we provide a link to the Southampton City Library site which has transcripts and images of these documents. Where the ship's official number and/or port of registry is not shown (or is incorrect in the report), we have deduced it from the other information in the report, in which case we have shown it in square brackets like this: [12345] of [London].

Many thanks to Sid Barnett for helping to compile this wrecks index.

Data sources

The sources of the data are:

Please see our general information page CLIP data for more details on sources, methodology, the abbreviations we have used, and acknowledgements.

Be aware! Discrepancies between sources are common: we transcribe 'as seen'. This provides a range of versions of the ship's name, which makes it more likely to find it when searching by name. Where the original source probably contains an error, such as a typo, we have marked our transcription with  ? . However, it is up to you to decide which you think is the definitive version.

Name Port of registry and details Source
VINDEXBuilt: 1866, Register closed: 1947 TNA catalogue, BT 110/1542/23   View TNA catalogue entry 
[No port shown], Log books, 1914 TNA catalogue, BT 165   View TNA catalogue entry 
Dublin, Crew lists 1886 Crew lists, PRONI   View details of crew lists at PRONI 
Dublin, Crew lists 1866-1919 Crew lists, NAI   View details of crew lists at NAI 
Dublin, Sail MNL, 1870   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1870, page 399 
Dublin, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1880   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1880, page 565 
Dublin, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1890   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1890, page 643 
Dublin, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1900   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1900, page 733 
Dublin, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1910   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1910, page 933 
Dublin, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1915   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1915, page 1027 
Dublin, 1866 Shipping registers, NAI, Shipping Registers, 1862-1913 
Dublin, 1868 Shipping registers, NAI, Shipping Registers, 1862-1913 
Prince Edward Island, 1866, Sail, 205 tons Appropriation Books, RSS   View entry for VINDEX in Appropriation Books 
South Shields, Crew lists 1920 Crew lists, NAI   View details of crew lists at NAI 
South Shields, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1920   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1920, page 1011 
South Shields, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1930   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1930, page 1233 
South Shields, Sail, Brigantine MNL, 1940   View entry for VINDEX in MNL 1940, page 1236 

Search on other sites

The links below will look for official number 54219 on other sites which may have data.

Please note that we cannot say whether a site will have relevant data or not - the purpose of these links is to help you to search possible sites quickly. Obviously, we can take no responsibilty for the content of other sites. Remember that they have been compiled from other data sources and even the best are as prone to error as any human activity. As always, CHECK all data against original documents.


Search iconMaritime History Archive 1881 Crew Lists Index  
Search iconMaritime History Archive index of crew lists at MHA and local ROs  
Search iconMaritime History Archive Newfoundland Crew Lists Index  
Search iconTNA catalogue for BT 110 (Shipping register transcripts)  
Search iconTNA catalogue for BT 26 (Inbound passenger lists)  
Search iconTNA catalogue for BT 99 (Crew lists 1863 - 1939)  


Search iconLibrary and Archives Canada - Ship Registration Index  
Search iconNew Zealand Maritime Index