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Registers & Records

This section tells you where to look for information about individual merchant ships. From the sources here, you can find almost every detail ever recorded about a ship, from its owner`s name to where it traded. You will discover what registers and records contain, a little about how they have developed, how to use them and where to find the information you want.

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Lloyd's Registers

Lloyd's Register of Ships is the most useful source of data on the world's ships. Discover the information that Lloyd's Registers provide and how they changed over time.
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Official Sources  Official sources

The Mercantile Navy List was a comprehensive register of British ships. Each British ship had its Customs Register. Learn what unique information these sources provide.
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Other Records

A variety of other registers and records supplements the information in Lloyd`s Registers and other official sources. Find out how they offer short cuts to researchers.
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Finding Out More  Finding out more about registers and records

Examples of how to find what you want, how you can take research further and where the registers and records can be found to help your search.

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Which year was Lloyd's 'Register of Ships' first published?
 1754
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