Search for ships by nameThis page is an index of ships by name. For exact searches, it shows matching names and their official number, sorted first by name, then by official number. For fuzzy searches, it shows an alphabetic list of matching ship names, from which you can select an exact search to obtain more information.
The source of our information is shown. NB! Discrepancies between sources are common: we transcribe 'as seen'. Where the original source probably contains an error, such as a typo, we have marked our transcription with ? . Please see the finding aids page for details on sources, the abbreviations we have used, and acknowledgements.
For exact searches, on the right hand side of the results table are links to MHA's site for their lists of crew agreements, and to more details on the CLIP site, showing any other names for that vessel and providing further links to CLIP data and other databases for that official number only. The icon links to an image of the Mercantile Navy List page for that vessel and year.
For exact searches, there are also links below the results which will search for your data on other web sites.
The database includes every British registered ship from 1855 to the early 1950s with official numbers 1 to 200000. It was last updated on 14 September 2014 and contains 677,170 entries.
NEW! For the CLIP advanced database search by ship's name or official number, please see here.