The CLIP image viewer provides a convenient way to view and search copies of the Mercantile Navy List (MNL).
You can search for the entries for a particular ship, and browse through page-by-page. For editions after 1870, MNL was divided into two sections -
steam and sail and, from 1920 onwards, a section for motor vessels was added. You can search in a different section, change to another year,
or change the name of the vessel you are searching for.
The current year and page are shown on the title bar, together with the name and type of ship that you were searching for.
The control bar abovw the image is used to decide which year and section are displayed, to change the magnification and to move from page to page.
You can change the year using the icons and selector on the left of the control bar. Click an icon, or choose the year
from the list and click the button
To choose which section of the document to search (steam, motor or sail), use the 'Choose section' buttons.
You can change the magnification of the image by clicking the and
icons, or by clicking or right-clicking on the image itself.
The current page is shown on the control bar. To move from one page to the next, use the icons next to the page box. To go
to a particular page, enter the page number into the box and click the
To search for a different name, click the
button on the control bar.
For a list of the abbreviation used in MNL for sailing vessels, see the first page of the sail section of each year. For more details and links, see our page, here:
Types of sailing ships
Image sources and acknowledgement
The source of the images is shown on the right side of the title bar, with a link to the appropriate home page. We are most grateful to the
Digital Archives Initiative at Memorial University, Newfoundland, and to the
Vaughan Evans Library at the Australian National Maritime Museum
for permission to link to images from their sites.
We display images from other sites on the basis that they are in the public domain and/or creative commons.
If we have unwittingly infringed copyright, we apologise - please contact us so that
we can take appropriate action.
Images which fail to load
Some of the images which we link to are from insecure sites. As a result, some browsers, particularly Google Chrome, will not load the image. Other
browsers may load the images at present, but this is likely to change as browsers become more secure. We are looking for solutions to this problem, but
for now please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
As a work-around, when an image fails to load, the image-fail message box contains a link which will attempt to load the image into a new page. This
should work, even from insecure sites. It is not convenient, but at least displays the image.
We have tried hard to present the images as well as possible, but obviously we can take no responsibilty for the images from other sources. Some
of the images are missing, partially missing, blurred, or rotated so that they are difficult to view. Some editions are so tightly bound
that it is not possible to make good images of the gutter margin of some pages. We apologise for any difficulties this may cause.
We are trying to remedy this where we can, but we feel that those images are still worth displaying. For rotated images, the best solution
in the short-term is to right-click on the image, copy it, paste it into your favourite image viewer and rotate it there.
This can also a good way to save or print out a copy of the image.