History and development of the Mercantile Navy List
History of the Mercantile Navy List
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.
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.
More detail included (see
how to read an entry). Steam and sailing vessels were separated
with slightly more detail being given for steam ships.
Motor vessels given their own section, with details similar to
those for steamers.
Mercantile Navy List not published during the Second
Publication now produced in every odd-numbered year. Monthly
supplements help to fill in the gaps.
Annual publication resumed. Now bound in two loose-leaf
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
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