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UK Maritime Archives

Aberdeen Ships

Information about some 3,000 recorded ships built in Aberdeen since 1811 and artefacts at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Includes film clips, podcasts and brief histories of Aberdeen's shipbuilders.

Books, Boxes and Boats

Maintains a directory of maritime and related archives and other resources for historians and genealogists.

Cardiff Mariners

An online database of vessels registered in Cardiff and their crews, developed from records held by Glamorgan Archives.

CLIP - the Crew List Index Project

Set up to improve access to the records of British merchant seafarers of the late 19th century; includes advice and guidance, and listings of resources around the UK and abroad.

Exeter Local Maritime Archives Project (ELMAP)

Maintains a searchable online database of references to records with maritime and naval significance held in local record offices and other archives across England and Wales.

Global Ship Number System

A system to identify warships and merchant ships built before the Lloyds Register system; includes a guide and the online British Shipbuilding Database, with a listing of all ships built between about 1840 and 1970.

Lloyd's List - Marine News 1740-1837

A database index to the marine news section of Lloyd’s List for the period 1740–1837 compiled from copies deposited at Guildhall Library by Lloyd’s of London.

Maritime Archives and Library

A guide to the collections of maritime books, merchant shipping records, and documents spanning three centuries held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Maritime History -

A guide to maritime archives held in Southampton, including crew lists for Southampton registered vessels, the Central Index Register of Merchant Seamen, Furness Withy Shipping Line records, and records of disaster funds of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Morwyr Cymru - Welsh Mariners

An on-line index of 23,500 Welsh merchant masters, mates and engineers active from 1800 to 1945, compiled by Dr Reg Davies.

P&O Heritage

Preserves and celebrates the history and collections of the well known shipping company; includes a virtual museum, and online archives of ships, passengers, crews, and companies who joined the group.

Shipbuilding on the River Tees

A reference archive of ships built on the River Tees between 1850 and 1990, with photo galleries.

Shipping Times

A database of Clyde built ships including active and static ships, a featured ship type, a slide show and videos, on this day, and news.

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