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History and development of the Mercantile Navy List

History of the Mercantile Navy List


Gives only the ship`s name, listed in order of its official number, with an index of names. Some US and other foreign vessels are listed. Also included was a list of holders of master`s and mate`s certificates, pilots and certain officials.


Contains a single list of British ships, alphabetical by name. For each ship, the information given is its official number, port of registry [definition], signal code [definition], registered tonnage, horsepower [definition] (for steamers), and name of owners.


More detail included (see   how to read an entry). Steam and sailing vessels were separated with slightly more detail being given for steam ships.


Motor vessels given their own section, with details similar to those for steamers.


Mercantile Navy List not published during the Second World War.


Publication now produced in every odd-numbered year. Monthly supplements help to fill in the gaps.


Annual publication resumed. Now bound in two loose-leaf volumes.


Replaced by the Official List of British Registered Ships. Details given were the ship`s official number, name, port of registry, type, port of registry, gross [definition] and net [ definition] tonnages and owner`s name and address. Pleasure craft and many fishing vessels are omitted.

Official List of British Registered Ships was not for sale to the public and only a few copies have found their way into libraries.


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