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British Corporation Register

The British Corporation Register listed only the ships classed by the British Corporation. For these data was similar to that in Lloyd`s Register of Ships, with extra detail on boilers and months of build.

The British Corporation was formed in 1890 because some shipbuilders and owners disagreed with certain of the rules of Lloyd`s Register. It published the British Corporation Register from 1893 until 1949, when it was amalgamated with Lloyd`s Register of Ships.

Some libraries have copies, including Lloyd`s Register [address].

Liverpool Underwriters` Registry for Iron Vessels

This lists a number of early iron vessels not included in Lloyd`s Register of Ships, and gives some extra details of ships.

A dispute with Lloyd`s Register about the classification of ships led to the publication of the Liverpool Underwriters` Registry for Iron Vessels in 1862. It then appeared annually until 1885, when it was merged with Lloyd`s Register of Ships. From 1870, it lists all British and some foreign seagoing iron vessels over 50 tons and is particularly for on builders and ships` former names. Alongside ships which had recently been lost, it prints brief details about the casualty. From 1874, Liverpool Underwriters` Registry for Iron Vessels included a list of vessels by owner`s name, Lloyd`s Register of Ships following suit in 1876.

Some libraries have copies, with the longest sequence being that held by Lloyd`s Register. The World Ship Society [address] also have some copies.

Clarkson`s registers

Clarksons began publishing registers in 1960, and their publications now cover the world`s tankers, chemical tankers, bulk carriers, refrigerated ships, container ships and liquid gas carriers. Coverage of each type of vessel is similar to that of Lloyd`s Register of Ships with some extra details, such as fuel consumption.

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