Other records of ships
Since the 18th century, shipping newspapers have published
weekly and later daily lists of arrivals and sailings for British
ports. From the 1870s, movements of ocean-going ships and details
of casualties also appear.
Lloyd`s List was first published in the 1740s and
continues today, although details of shipping movements have been
dropped in recent years. An index to Lloyd`s List for
the years 1838 to 1927 in the Guildhall Library [address] makes
it relatively easy to trace the movements of a given ship.
Volunteers at the Guidlhall Library are working on an index for the
years 1763-1837 to cover casualties and news but not movements.
Appearing in 1838, Shipping and Mercantile Gazette
also published movements, and may have had better coverage
than Lloyd`s List. The two newspapers amalgamated in
The Guildhall Library has a set of Voyage record
cards covering the years 1927 to c1975, which list the voyages
made by each ocean-going ship. The cards act as an index
to Lloyd`s List. Users are required to give the
library 48 hours` notice to look at them.
Lloyd`s Shipping Index, published from 1880 to date,
reprints much of the information on movements from Lloyd`s
List. It is in one or more alphabetical sequences which
simplifies searching for a given vessel.
Several libraries have partial sets of Lloyd`s
List, Shipping and Mercantile Gazette,
and Lloyd`s Shipping Index. The most extensive
holdings are probably those of the British Library`s newspaper
and the Guildhall Library.