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How to use Lloyd's Register of Ships


Until 1886, Lloyd`s Register of Ships listed most larger British vessels, but only the foreign ones classed by Lloyd`s Register. Since then, it has attempted to include every self-propelled, seagoing vessel in the world over 100 gross tons. Thus, it still omits a number of craft, including inland and harbour craft, barges and pontoons. For vessels not in Lloyd`s Register of Ships, see other shipping registers.

To discover the full history of a ship, Lloyd`s Register of Ships usually needs to be used in conjunction with information on casualties and demolitions (see wrecks and accidents.)


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