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History and development of the Mercantile Navy List


History of the Mercantile Navy List

1850-1864

Gives only the ship`s name, listed in order of its official number, with an index of names. Some US and other foreign vessels are listed. Also included was a list of holders of master`s and mate`s certificates, pilots and certain officials.

1865-1870

Contains a single list of British ships, alphabetical by name. For each ship, the information given is its official number, port of registry [definition], signal code [definition], registered tonnage, horsepower [definition] (for steamers), and name of owners.

1871-1921

More detail included (see   how to read an entry). Steam and sailing vessels were separated with slightly more detail being given for steam ships.

1922-1940

Motor vessels given their own section, with details similar to those for steamers.

1941-1946

Mercantile Navy List not published during the Second World War.

1947-1957

Publication now produced in every odd-numbered year. Monthly supplements help to fill in the gaps.

1958-1977

Annual publication resumed. Now bound in two loose-leaf volumes.

1977-1983

Replaced by the Official List of British Registered Ships. Details given were the ship`s official number, name, port of registry, type, port of registry, gross [definition] and net [ definition] tonnages and owner`s name and address. Pleasure craft and many fishing vessels are omitted.

Official List of British Registered Ships was not for sale to the public and only a few copies have found their way into libraries.

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