This 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 CLIP data page for details on sources, the abbreviations we have used, and our acknowledgements.
The icons link to images of the Appropriation Books, the Mercantile Navy List page, or to other sources for that vessel and year.
For exact searches, on the right hand side of the results table are links to the MHA and CLIP indexes of crew agreements. There is also a link 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.
Some searches may produce data from shipping registers for ships with official numbers greater than 300000 from the second series of allocations. We have no further data and nor does MHA, so the links are disabled for these ships. The links to the registers data will work, however.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 5th January 2021 and contains 776656 entries.
For the CLIP advanced database search by ship's name or official number, please see here.