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How Mercantile Navy List differs from Lloyd`s Register of Ships

The major difference between the two publications is that since 1886 Lloyd`s Register of Ships has listed every seagoing ship in the world over 100 gross tons, while Mercantile Navy List only covers British vessels. However, Mercantile Navy List includes small vessels not in Lloyd`s Register of Ships, down to a quarter of a ton.

From 1850 to 1874, Mercantile Navy List included a number of quite large British ships which were not in Lloyd`s Register of Ships .

Whereas Lloyd`s Register of Ships has included more detail over the years, the amount of data in Mercantile Navy List did not change from 1871 to 1977. The most important information in Lloyd`s Register of Ships and not in Mercantile Navy List is the name of the builders of the hull, and details of engines and their builders.

The only data found in Mercantile Navy List and not in Lloyd`s Register of Ships are the dates which steam and motor vessels were registered in their home port. This date is useful when looking up a ship in  Customs registers .

There are sometimes differences between the names of a ship`s owner and manager between Mercantile Navy List and Lloyd`s Register of ShipsMercantile Navy List gives an individual who is responsible when things go wrong, whereas Lloyd`s Register of Ships prefers to direct its readers to a firm of shipowners or managers.

See also    limitations of Mercantile Navy List .

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