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UK Maritime History

The 1805 Club

Founded in 1990 to care for the memorials of the Georgian sailing navy. Features membership information and details of current and past conservation projects.

Aberdeen Harbour Photographic Collection

Archive of photographs were taken by the Board's engineering staff as a record of port developments and activities from the 1880s to the 1930s. Search facility and how to order prints.

The Allied Merchant Navy of World War Two

Tribute to the men who served in the Allied Merchant Navy. Includes tales and links for further exploration.

Barrow-in-Furness Branch of the Submariners Association

Maintains a comprehensive resource about Vickers submarines, built in Barrow, and the men who built and served in them, with a database and photos of boats and crews.

Britannia Naval Research Association

A group of individuals dedicated to preserving, promoting and researching Britain's naval heritage; with details of membership and benefits, events, and publications.

Data Wales: Henry Morgan

History of the Welsh buccaneer Henry Morgan with details of his expeditions and exploits.

Eric Graham

A historian and writer whose interests cover a spectrum of subjects related to the Scots and the sea; with details of his books and publications, media appearances and talks, links, and contacts.

Exeter University: Centre for Maritime Historical Studies

Details of courses, including distance learning, plus a guide to naval records and a searchable database of references to records with maritime and naval significance that are held in local record offices and other archives across England and Wales.

Galgael Trust

Build and sail traditional wooden boats in celebration of Govan's shipbuilding heritage, and as a focus for community regeneration. Describes the project, with news, photo galleries, and contacts.

The Historical Maritime Society

Historical research and re-enactment group recreating the Royal Navy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Collection of articles on Nelson and his navy, events, news, photographs and filming work.

Naval Dockyards Society

An international forum for naval dockyards and associated organisations, concerned with all aspects of their construction, history, conservation, workforce and surrounding communities. navdocksoc

Navy Records Society

Publishes original documents on the Royal Navy from the fourteenth century up to the Second World War and beyond. Offers details of volumes published and membership information.

North East Maritime Trust

Trust formed to further the renewal of interest in traditional seagoing activities in the region with an emphasis on wooden vessels. Provides news, gallery and membership information.


The maritime histories of Bristol, Hartlepool, Liverpool, London and Southampton. Includes articles, archives, museums, ships, people and communities.

Prince of Wales Sea Training School Society

Dedicated to the memories of those who trained at this merchant navy training establishment between 1920 and 1975.

The Red Duster

Features extensive information about the history of the merchant navy and of the British shipping industry.

RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Historical Society

A virtual museum covering the history of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, its ships and crews; includes an account of their involvement in operations in time of conflict and peace-time.

Royal Naval History

Comprehensive resource with sections on Royal Naval periods, chronology, operations, warships, seamanship, discipline, veterans, music and art.

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Formed to build up an archive of materials about maritime life on the Scarborough and Yorkshire coast; includes details of exhibitions and a substantial collection of articles about the fishing, lifeboats, shipwrecks, smuggling, and naval vessels.

Shipwrecks UK

Information on shipwrecks in the sea areas surrounding Great Britain and Ireland.

The Society for Nautical Research

Promotes and publishes nautical research covering all matters relating to seafaring, ships and shipbuilding in all ages and anywhere. Events, membership, projects and publications.

The South West Maritime History Society

Encourages interest in all aspects of maritime history and promotes research. Offers articles, news, reviews and publications.

Tayside, A Maritime History

A virtual museum on Tayside on the east coast of Scotland. Articles, on line tours, interactive map, and transcripts of newspapers articles and other documents.

Through Mighty Seas

Covers the history of the merchant sailing ships of the North West of England and the Isle of Man, from the late 1700's until the First World War.

Transport on the River Humber and Humber Rivers

An illustrated history of the shipping industry on the Humber Estuary and the river and canal systems that feed it; includes brief details of shipbuilders and local vessels, both steam and sail.

World Ship Society

Society for anyone interested in ships or shipping. Founded in the UK in 1947 and now with a worldwide membership, various publications and a large amount of information available.

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