Mercantile Navy List


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Mercantile Navy List Images

The Mercantile Navy List (MNL) was published annually from 1849 to 1977 and, from 1857, provides a complete list of all British registered vessels afloat at that time, with their official number and port of registry. Apart from the early editions, the lists also show brief details of the vessels and their owners.

The CLIP image viewer accesses images from several sources, so you can browse through one edition of MNL, move to a different section (sail, steam or motor), change to another year, or change the name of the vessel to search for. 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.

The CLIP images which form part of this set have been made from copies of MNL held at the Maritime Collection at Southampton Central Library, the Bartlett Library at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall in Falmouth, Gwynedd Archives Service, Caernarfon and Gwynedd Archives Service, Dolgellau. We are most grateful for the kind assistance of the staff of these repositories for their help in making the images.

There are more details about using the viewer in a help file on the image display page.