| Ships & Ship Registers
People look for information on ships for many reasons. Some because they need to know the background and specifications on individual ships, others may be doing genealogical research and the information on ships
provides a fuller picture of their ancestors.
This guide is mostly about sources that provide information on the specifics of a ship(s) - from dimensions, weight, tonnage, when and where it was built, who owned it etc. And while this guide is for ship/vessel specific information and not general shipping and shipping history information, I have included a few titles that look at shipping and shipping history in order to provide context that may help in understanding how things work now and in the past.
While this guide is more focused on ships and sources on ships from the United States, because ownership history changes and ship ownership is often international, some international sources have been included - but not all registers from all individual countries are included. Lastly, some trade literature titles covering shipping and ship building for both commercial and military purposes have been included because they often report on specific vessels and include images as well as report sailing schedules (cargo, mails, passenger).
THE INDUSTRY & THE HISTORY
REGISTERS & LISTS
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THE INDUSTRY & THE HISTORY
This is not a comprehensive list of titles that cover the history, development, and industry of shipping. It is only intended to give some titles that may help researchers understand the history, development, and current situation. While shipping and trade is international there is an emphasis on the United States and Great Britain geographically.
Blake, George. Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1760-1960. Illustrated by David Knight. [London, Lloyd's register of shipping, 1960]
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 L85
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/60050889
This title covers the history of Lloyds’ a publisher of many titles included in this guide. It is a useful history of the company as well as a picture of the rise of shipping as seen through the growth of a single publishing company.
Blume, Kenneth J. Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2012.
LC Call Number: HE745.B58 2012
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2011028752
This title is a presentation of information on people, events, politics, social issues, institutions, and policies revolving around the maritime industry in the United States presented in an A-Z dictionary format. It includes a helpful chronology, dictionary, and bibliography. There are several appendixes including: significant Congressional legislation, maritime labor unions, top ports (2009), and U.S./world fleets since 1914.
Bowen, Frank Charles. A Century of Atlantic Travel, 1830-1930... Boston, Little, Brown, and company, 1930.
LC Call Number: VK19 .B6
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/30030928
Each chapter covers a decade beginning in 1830 and ending in 1929.
Buckley, James J. The Business of Shipping; Based on Previous Editions by Lane C. Kendall. 8th ed. Centreville, Md. : Cornell Maritime Press, 2008.
LC Call Number: HE571 .K4 2008
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2013655079
Chapters include: The significance of maritime transportation; Regulatory involvement in maritime transportation; Maritime security; Tramp shipping; Chartering; Liner shipping and the conference system; Passenger vessel operations; Industrial and special carriers; Tanker management, operations, and chartering; Vessel management companies; Vessel bunkering; Ship husbandry - procurement of vessel stores, supplies, and services; The logic of ship scheduling; Terminal management and operations; The Stevedore contract; Containerization and its effect on transportation; The intermodal transportation concept; How freight rates are made; The ocean bill of lading; The traffic study; and Planning for a new ship.
David, Ralph. The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. London, Macmillan, New York, St. Martin's Press, 1962.
LC Call Number: HE823 .D3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/unk83010377
The first two chapters are overviews of shipping covering the years 1560-1689 and 1689-1775. Chapters three and four are overviews of ships and shipbuilding in the 17th and then 18th century. Other chapters include shipowners, seaman, pay/condition, management, shipping and trade, East India trade, the American and West Indian trade, government involvement, war and the industry, etc. The appendix includes sources for the history of the shipping industry.
De La Pedraja Tomán, René. A Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Shipping Industry : Since the Introduction of Steam. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
LC Call Number: HE745.D39 1994
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/93039354
This title presents the people, organizations, companies, terms, etc. in an A-Z dictionary format. There is a general index as well as several appendixes including: a chronology of events, diagrams of government agencies (circa publication), and principal maritime labor unions and business groups.
Fayle, C. Ernest. A Short History of the World's Shipping Industry, with a foreword by Sir Alan G. Anderson. London : G. Allen & Unwin, 1933.
LC Call Number: HE571 .F3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/33018265
The author intended this title to be a broad one volume picture of the shipping industry and it contribution to human progress. It is a broad outline of the story of shipping as a business looking at how it operated at different periods of time beginning in antiquity and moving through history covering the traders of the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Indies, England, the Dutch, colonization, the rise of steam ships including liners. The last two chapters were more about modern shipping and the current situation as of 1933.
The Handbook of Maritime Economics and Business / edited by Costas Th. Grammenos. 2nd ed. London : Lloyd's List, 2010.
LC Call Number: HE582 .H36 2010
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2011414599
The title is broken into several sections: Shipping economics and maritime nexus -- International seaborne trade -- Economics of shipping markets and shipping cycles -- Economics of shipping sectors -- Issues in liner shipping -- Pollution and vessel safety -- National and international shipping policies -- Aspects of shipping management and operations -- Shipping investment, finance, and strategy -- Port economics and management -- Aspects of international logistics. Each section has multiple chapters in each including “Maritime business during the 20th century continuity and change” and “Patterns of ocean trade.”
Hope, Ronald. A New History of British Shipping. London : J. Murray, 1990.
LC Call Number: HE823 .H585
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/92166384
This is a comprehensive history of shipping in what is now Great Britain going back to antiquity. Part one covers 3000 BC – 1400 AD; part two 1400-1890; and part three 1890-1988. There are individual chapters in each part covering topics like the Vikings, exploration and colonization, the rise of the slave trade, the birth of steam, World Wars I and II, etc. There is also an extensive bibliography.
Hunter, Henry C. How England Got its Merchant Marine, 1066-1776. New York, National Council of American Shipbuilders, 1935.
LC Call Number: HE823 .H75
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/35007560
Much of this title involves the legislative/legal developments that underpin shipping in Great Britain. They do seem to be doing it with an eye to understanding the traditions that were inherited in the United States. It covers 1066-1776 and most chapters are presented by who was king or queen at the time with the last chapter being the growth of English shipping policy. There are several appendixes including: the development of navigation laws, foreign commerce, the growth of English shipping, Sir Walter Raleigh, the “subversive” American colonies, and the British view of why they lost the colonies. A Digital version is available on HathiTrust.
International Conference on Business History (11th : Fuji) Business History of Shipping : Strategy and Structure : the International Conference on Business History 11 : proceedings of the Fuji conference / edited by Tsunehiko Yui, Keiichiro Nakagawa. [Tokyo] : University of Tokyo Press, c1985.
LC Call Number: HE571 .I67 1985
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/85210905
The various chapters/sections cover different countries and time periods. There is a focus on presenting the strategy and organization for each. Includes: Japan in the 19th and 20th century; Britain and its place in world trade covering 1820-1939; the United States Merchant Marine 1800-1939; Japanese maritime policy 1868-1937; the Danish shipping industry from 1866-1939; German shipping in the 19th century private enterprise (ownership and finance) from 1825-1940; shipbuilding finance of the Shasen shipping firms in the 1920’s and 1930s; and commercial diplomacy in the far east from 1896 to 1956.
Lavery, Brian. Ship : The Epic Story of Maritime Adventure. 1st American ed. London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2004.
LC Call Number: VK15 .L356 2004
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2004303335
This is in the nature of a coffee table book produced by the Smithsonian. It is a good historical overview and includes many images to assist readers. Each chapter is broken down into eras: antiquity, medieval times, exploration, era of sail, the era of steam, world wars, and the later 20th century.
Lindsay, W[illiam] S[chaw]. History of Merchant Shipping and Ancient Commerce. London, S. Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1874-76.
LC Call Number: Microfilm 9284 HF
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/05041460
This is a long, detailed history of merchant shipping in four volumes. The Library’s copy is in microfilm but there is a version available via Hathitrust that is linked to within the record. Volume 1 cover antiquity and looks at the Greece, Roman Empire, Egypt, India, Britain, Scandinavia, and Europe though part of the 15th century. Volume 2 begins in the 15th century with European efforts at exploration in the Americas and beyond and continues into the early part of the 18th century and American efforts concluding around 1810. Volume 3 begins in the second and third decade of the 19th century with a focus on America with a chapter covering Russia, Scandinavia, Prussia. There are several chapters devoted to activities and development in the English maritime industry.
Volume 4 (also available on Internet Archive) starts with a chapter on early types of propulsion, but with the goal to present steam as the newest method. Several chapters cover steam navigation in Great Britain and the United States but also include individual chapters devoted to particular shipping lines like the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. Special attention is paid to the routes related to India and the Suez Canal.
Marvin, Winthrop L. The American Merchant Marine; Its History and Romance from 1620 to 1902, New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1902.
LC Call Number: HE745 .M39
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/02024825
This title begins with colonization and is broken down by time periods - just after the American Revolution, the early growth from 1789-1800, and moves on to chapters devoted to the periods 1801-1815, 1816-1830, 1831-1845, 1846-1860, 1861-1875, 1876-1890, and 1891-1901. The chapters devoted to time periods are interspersed with those covering specific topics that warrant special attention like the Great Lake fleet, shipping on the coasts, deep-sea fishing, whaling, and the advent of steam. There is a link to a digital version in the HathiTrust in the catalog.
Global Markets : The Internationalization of the Sea Transport Industries since 1850 / edited by David J. Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis. St. John's, Newfoundland : International Maritime Economic History Association, 1998.
LC Call Number: HE735 .G57 1998
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2001334805
This title covers sea transport industries contributions to the internalization of the world economy. Chapters are written by individual contributors and cover countries - International freight markets in the 1830s and 1840s : the experience of a major Finnish shipowner; First (and very secret) international steamship cartel, 1850-; Competition or co-operation in the global shipping industry : the origins and impact of the conference system for British shipowners before 1914; National alliances and global webs : the internationalization of Japanese shipping; Dutch sea transport in transition : the German hinterland as catalyst, 1850; Expansion of American interests in transatlantic commerce and trade, 1865-1893; Expansion of Japan's shipping interests before the Sino-Japanese war; Cooperation and reorganization on the north-south routes from Japan in the interwar period; Global communications industry and its impact on international shipping before 1914; Nineteenth-century roots of globalization : some technological considerations; Global fish market : internationalization and globalization, 1880-1997; Convergence or national styles? : the Japanese challenge to the British-Norwegian hegemony in the twentieth-century whaling industry; International trends and Greek shipping : the business strategy of Demetrios Moraitis; Organizational and managerial patterns of Greek-owned shipping enterprises and the internationalization process from the interwar period to 1990; Internationalization and the collapse of British ship-building; Globalization and international competitiveness : the experience of the Japanese shipping industry since the 1960s; and Containerization and the globalization of liner shipping.
Voyages, the Age of Engines : Documents in American Maritime History. Volume II, 1865-present / edited by Joshua M. Smith and the National Maritime Historical Society. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2009.
LC Call Number: VK23 .V689 2009
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2008033949
Table of Contents: http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0825/2008033949.html
Chapters cover individual individuals and subjects. This title is a follow-up to the Voyages, the Age of Sail.
Voyages, the Age of Sail : Documents in American Maritime History. Volume 1, 1492-1865 / edited by Joshua M. Smith and the National Maritime Historical Society. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2009.
LC Call Number: VK23 .V69 2009
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2008033948
Table of Contents: http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0825/2008033948.html
Chapters cover individual individuals and subjects. This related to the Voyages, the Age of Engines.
REGISTERS & LISTS
The sources in this section are focused mostly on general international titles and those covering the United States. There is a secondary focus on Great Britain and other sources on vessel information from specific countries – with most being long established titles or those with good retrospective holdings at the Library of Congress. Many registers look at merchant, military, and civilian travel though the predominant coverage is commercial vessels. For the United States, there is a strong emphasis on New England and the Great Lakes. A Federal Writers project compiled ship lists for locations in New England using National Archives materials while John Orville Greenwood undertook publishing titles that covered the Great Lakes.
Specific titles that list ships related to particular ports or waterways in the United States have been included but not for all individual places. To research ships active during the California gold rush (destination Yerba Buena Bay) or Klondike gold rush like Excelsior and SS Portland - articles and books on that topic or some of the more famous ships such can be researched on their own.
Lastly, there are titles that list shipwrecks and other disasters as they do pertain to knowing more about individual vessels. Individual situations like what happened with the Titanic and Sultana are not included, but those that were noteworthy or written on extensively have their own Subject Headings.
Bonsor, N. R. P. South Atlantic Seaway : An Illustrated History of the Passenger Lines and Liners from Europe to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Jersey Channel Islands : Brookside Publications, c1983.
LC Call Number: HE566.O25 B66 1983
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/84243842
Each chapter is by line beginning with the Royal Mial Steam Packet (1851) and ending with the Empresa Lineas Maritimas Agentinas (1962). There are appendixes with supplementary lines, largest passenger liners, ship losses, and index of lines and index of ships.
The Bulk Carrier Register / compiled and published by H. Clarkson & Company Limited. London : H. Clarkson & Co., c1969-
LC Call Number: HE566.F7 B79
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/70618134
Holdings: 1969-1997, 2004-2013 incomplete. They are listed alphabetically by ship name. Data includes: owner/manager information, hull type, beam, draft, engine and hatch information, class, speed, grain/bale, etc. Title also includes index of name changes for vessels, ship ex-name, and ship fleet finding indices.
Gas Carrier Register. London, England : Clarkson Research Studies, c2002-
LC Call Number: HE566.T3 L55
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/2002242165
Holdings: 2009, 2011, 2014-. Previous title was Liquid Gas Carrier Register. Listing is alphabetical by ship name. Data includes: owner/manager information, beam, draft, engine and hatch information, class, speed, etc. Includes index of name changes for vessels, ship ex-name, list of owners/manager, and ship fleet finding indices.
Handbuch für die Deutsche Handelsschiffahrt. Stollhamm (Oldb)/Berlin [etc.] H. Rauschenbusch [etc.] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.G3 H3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/09029710
Holdings: 1879, 1885-1914, 1926-1939, 1956-1964 incomplete. This is written only in German. Vessels are listed alphabetically by vessel name. Data includes numbers, signal letter, home port, type, dimensions, tonnage, captain, when built, etc.
Lijst van de schepen varende onder Nederlandse vlag, thuisbehorende in Nederland, 's-Gravenhage, Staatsdrukkerij- en Uitgeveribedrijf [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.N4 L5
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/51021502
Holdings: 1870-1971 incomplete. This is a ship register for the Netherlands and its colonies including Suriname and Curaçao. The name and coverage changes a bit over time, but the data is consistent. It is organized by country/place then alphabetical by ship name. Information on individual ships includes: type, dimensions, port, and signal letters.
List of Merchant Vessels of Japan. Tokyo, Teikoku Kaiji Kyokai [etc.]
LC Call Number: HE565.J3 L5
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/ca06001341
Holdings 1916-1922. The title covers steam, sailing, ships with signal letters, and name information.
List of Shipping ... Being a List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the Dominion of Canada ... Ottawa, Canada: Department of Transport, 1847-19
LC Call Number: HE565.C2 A2
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/06025855
Holdings: 1878-2003. Organization is alphabetical by ship name. Information on ships includes: official number, name, port of registry, rig, when built, dimension, tonnage, and owner.
List of Ships ... Belonging to the United Kingdom and the Colonies. London -1904.
LC Call Number: HE565.G7 A5
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/06007437
Holdings: 1899-1966. Ships covered include steamers and sailing. Information on individual ships and includes: by construction (under steamer and under sailing) for wood, steel, iron/wood; official number, name, port of registry, where and when built, tonnage, horsepower information and engine information.
Lista Oficial de Buques. [Madrid, etc.] Subsecretaría de Pesca y Marina Mercante [etc.] 1873-
LC Call Number: HE565.S7 A27
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/09016189
Holdings: 1892, 1908-1920, 1925-1928, 1931-36, 1939-1945 incomplete, 1947-1978 incomplete, 1982. Title on the spine can vary but the holdings listed are at the same call number. Organization is alphabetical by ship name. Data includes, official number, tonnage, class, dimensions and capacity, who/when built, propulsion and engine information.
Lloyd's Confidential Index of British Steam and Motor Vessels. London: Lloyd’s
LC Call Number: HE565 .G7 L63
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/57027369
Holdings: 1951-1965, published semiannually. Organized by company name with ships listed alphabetically and includes when ship built/acquired, gross/net tonnage. Also includes a list of those shops lost.
Lloyd's List and Shipping Gazette. London [Corporation of Lloyds]
LC Call Number: HE561.L63 (folio)
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/ca27000168
Holdings: 1914-1959. Front page has ads by Line with info. Section on Overseas Movement (by location). British focus on the local ports. Now off-site so turn around for this title is 2 days.
Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping. Universal register. London, Printed by W. Clowes & sons, limited, 1886-
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 L77
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/16022487
Holdings 1886-1889. Written in French and English. Includes separate listings of steamers and sailing vessels listed alphabetically by vessel. Information for both sections differs. For sailing vessels information give includes: number, rig, late name, dimensions, when and where built, builder name, date of metalling, owners/managers, port of registry. For steamers information given is official numbers, late name, material, rigs, number of decks, port of registry, tonnage, dimensions, when and where built, builder name, number of bulkheads, engine information including builder, owners/managers. There are other lists including signal letters alphabetically by country, list of name change, index of vessels having compound name, list of steamers by nationality (with net tonnage grouping), list of ship owners/managers, alphabetical list of shipbuilder in Great Britain with ships they built still in operation, and war ship of the world by country.
Lloyd's Register of Shipping. London : Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 L7
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/ca08001387 (link to HathiTrust)
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/82644426
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/sn87022627 (Appendix)
Holdings: 1764-current. Also known as Register of Ships. There are a number of issues from the early 20th century and before available via the HathiTrust. Information is alphabetical by ship and includes: official numbers, call sign, registered owner, manager, launched as name, gross/net tonnage, deadweight current class societies, service/machinery/strength class notation, shipbuilder, modification information, place/year built, yard number, various length/breadth/depth numbers, ship type/cargo facilities, hatch/machinery/engine information, etc. This is a good title to look at if one is looking to track the changes made to a vessel. The Appendix volume ceased in with the issue for 1982-83. This title has changed publishers over time and there are two names that are associated with it - Fairplay and IHS (see electronic sources list – Ships in class and Lloyd Register of Ships Online). Current edition in the Business Reference Collection.
Mercantile Navy List. London, H. M. Stationery Off. [etc.] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.G7 M5
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/50033347
Holdings 1916-1976. Related title names are General Register and Record Office of Shipping and Seamen and Board of Trade. Commercial Code of Signals, for use of all Nations. Supplement. Title comes in 2 parts. Part 1 is steam and sailing ships part two is motor ships. Information in both is much the same and includes 2 lists within each title: list one includes official number, name/description, port/year of registry, when/where built, registered tonnage, and owners.
Merchant Ships ... London, S. Low, Marston & co., ltd. [1936- ]
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 M4
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/36022441
Holdings 1936-1963. This title covers the British Empire. There is an index of funnels and flags (companies). Also included are photographs of British ship and descriptive information by company. During the war years it include illustration of the front, underside, and side view of Japanese, German, and Italian aircraft. There were also illustrations of private liners as well as U.S. Navy ships with their names included.
Norway. Departementet for handel, sjøfart, industri, håndverk og fiskeri. Fortegnelse over Norske Orlogs- og Handelsfartøier med Kjenningssignaler ... Oslo, 18
LC Call Number: HE565.N8 A3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/43022018
Holdings: 1870-1974. Title continued under the name Norges Skibsliste. Title is organized into two sections. The first is basic information signal letters and ship name. The second has more complete information and is alphabetical by ship name. Information includes: name, owner information, class, official numbers, tonnage, when built, home port, and type.
Norway. Sjøfartsdirektoratet. Norges Skipsliste. Oslo, Kommisjon hos Grøndahl.
LC Call Number: HE565.N8 A317
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/76646432
Holdings: 1976-1989. Title is in English and Norwegian. Title is organized into two sections. The first is basic information signal letters and ship name. The second has more complete information and is alphabetical by ship name. Information includes: name, owner information, class, official numbers, tonnage, when built, home port, and type.
Rejestr / Polski Rejestr Statków. Gdańsk : Rejestr
LC Call Number: HE565.P7 A3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/60025762
Holdings: 1960-2008/09. The format of this changed with the 1982 edition though the information seems to be the same. There are a number of sections. The first is alphabetical by ship and includes: official number, name, ton and dimensions, class information, refrigeration and machinery information, port of register, owner name, hull information (when/where built, which shipyard, type of construction, passengers, holds, containers, grain/bale, derricks, cranes, winches, hatches), machinery information (engine, boilers, and generators). Another section is just additional information about ships filled with refrigeration and is also alphabetical by name. Information includes: name, refrigeration information, class, compressor information, cargo chambers, etc. There is also a list of ship by owner.
Register / Germanischer Lloyd. Hamburg : Germanischer Lloyd, 1954-
LC Call Number: HE565 .A3 G6
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/52030900
Holdings 1907-2004. Continues Germanisher Lloyd. Internationales Register (before 1952). In English and in German. It includes seagoing and inland vessels listed alphabetically by name. Data includes: Call sign, register number, radio, nautical and radio equipment information; name (and former name), owner port of registry, flag, classification, classification of machinery plant and refrigeration, completion month/year, hold capacity, kind of service tanks, contents, number of hatchways, lifting devices (number, type), power information includes engine information (type and manufacturing data), boiler information (type and manufacturing data).
Register of Ships. Tokyo, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.J3 R4
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/68047267
Holdings: 1953-1987 incomplete. In Japanese and English. Vessels are listed alphabetically by vessel name. Data includes: official number, type, various dimension numbers, tonnage, cargo capacity, engine/boiler information, builders of ship/engine/boiler, where/when built.
Register over Norske, Svenske, Danske, Finske og Islandske Skip. Norske veritas, Oslo.
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 N67
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/50023213
Holdings: 1911-1998. Covers Scandinavian countries as well as Finland. Includes information on ships: name, number, signal letters, hull information, tonnage, where/when built.
Register of Japanese Vessels. [Tokyo? Maritime Transportation Bureau] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.J3 A3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/51031362
Published in 1949 this is a 4 volume (there is a single volume that is A-Z as well) set that is alphabetical. There is one page per ship and includes official number, name, port of registry, owners, tonnage, dimensions, where/when built, launch date, superstructure, alterations information, engines and boilers information, etc.
Registre Maritime. Bureau Véritas, Paris.
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 B68
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/68038919
Holdings: 1964-2005. Ships listed alphabetically by name. Date on ships includes: name, company, official numbers, registry, when/where built, classification information (refrigeration, cargo, fishing, etc.), dimensions, hull information, and engine information (make, installation, speed, etc.). Same publisher as an earlier title Répertoire Général.
Registro Italiano Navale. [Genova] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.J3 R42
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/50031701
Holdings: 1929-1951 incomplete, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970. It is also referred to as Libro Registro and is in Italian and English. Vessels listed alphabetically by name and data includes: ship numbers, class, surveys, bull builders with when/where, number of decks, date of last improvement/repair, propelling machinery (builder, when/where of engines), boiler information (builder, when/where), free board.
Répertoire Général. Bureau Véritas, Paris.
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 B7
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/ca11000273
Holdings: 1900-1940. Same publisher as Registre Maritime. Title is in French and in English. Organized alphabetically by vessel name. Information includes: class type, call signal, tonnage, port of constructions, vessel and captains, rig, when built, name/address of owner, and flag information.
Shipping Digest. New York, Journal of Commerce, etc.
LC Call Number: HE561 .S4
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/47034248
Published since 1923 (folio), 1945 – forward regular size. Has News and advertisements. Many advertisements had ship names, ports, etc. There is an Exchange Rate section. Oversize folio volumes now off-site so turn around for this title is 2 days.
Shipping and Mercantile Gazette and Lloyd's List. London [W. Mitchell] 18 [Spottiswoode & co., ltd.] 18 -1916.
LC Call Number: HE561.L62
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/ca27000167
Holdings: 1856-Feb. 1916. Daily reports of shipping movements. Outward/homeward vessels (Great Britain perspective), Customs entries, loading and dock directories, as well as news on Maritime Dispositions and Official Enquiries. There is a Steamship Index section lists information by ship. Now off-site so turn around for this title is 2 days.
Signal letters of United Kingdom and Commonwealth ships for the use of ships at sea and signal stations. London, H. M. Stationery Office [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.G7 A3
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/09019519
Holdings: 1872-1968. Related title name is General Register and Record Office of Shipping and Seamen. British Code List for the Use of Ships at Sea and for Signal Stations. Comes in 2 parts. Part one is by signal letters part 2 is alphabetical by vessel name (only includes signal letter and name). Part one covers: Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Ceylon Navy, Ghana Navy, Indian Navy, Royal Malaysian navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Nigerian Navy, Pakistan Navy, ships from East Africa, ships from the UK government that weren’t military.
Tanker & Bulk Carrier World Directory. London, Terminus Publications; [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE566.T3 T3
LC Catalog Record:
Holdings: 1960-1967. Vessels are listed alphabetically by vessel name. Data includes: dwt tons, flag, description, owner, builder/year built.
The Tanker Register. London, H. Clarkson.
LC Call Number: HE566.T3 R4
LC Catalog Record: http://lccn.loc.gov/71565903
Holdings: 1915-1984 incomplete, 2014. This title continues Register of Tank Vessels of the World. Publisher changed over time – publisher was Standard Oil then ESSO. Because it was originally published by oil companies was explicitly about carrying petroleum. Organization is alphabetical by ship name. Data includes: draft, engine, and engine information as well as speed, hull type, capacity, etc. There is also index of name changes for vessels, ship ex-name, and ship fleet finding indices.