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Info On A Port

Information on a port

Most ports have websites, which will provide basic information about their facilities, and perhaps about their current trades.  The website will give you a contact address, and from the port`s office you should be able to get a copy of the port handbook or map.

Histories of most major ports have been published, and local reference libraries will have copies.  Be aware that these may not bring the story right up to date.  Much has changed since the 1980s, especially port ownership.

PortCities web sites will also give you much about the history of the ports of Bristol [www.discoveringbristol.org.uk], Hartlepool [portcities.hartlepool.gov.uk], Liverpool [www.mersey-gateway.org], London [www.portcities.org.uk/london], and Southampton.

Port authorities have an excellent record of keeping their archives, and putting them into local record offices.  Often the records will include highly detailed minute books, letter books, accounts, plans for new developments and even records of which ships called. 

It is also worth contacting local history groups as their members may have a particular interest in the port.  They may have produced relevant publications.


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