9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Exhaustive site devoted to the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic,
with passenger and crew lists (some entries with brief biographical
information), deck plans, the full text of both British and American
inquiries into the sinking, photographs, sound recordings, and
other resources. The site is free but advertiser-supported; for
a fee researchers can access special features and use the site
without viewing advertisements and pop-ups.
Hamburg Passenger Lists,
From Ancestry.com and the Hamburg State
Archive, a searchable database (in German) of passengers on ships
departing the port of Hamburg. This resource is available free of
charge, but users must register with Ancestry.com to access the full-text
Collections of the Great Lakes
Maintained by Bowling Green University Libraries. Includes searchable
databases of vessels, ports,
personnel. The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
has combined its vessel data sheets
both provided online. Vessels are searchable by using one or
more fields such as vessel name, official number, place
etc. Ports can be searched by location and keyword, while personnel
can be searched by name, location, and other information.
The Marinersí Museum Library at Christopher Newport University holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere. With its rich collections and international scope, the library is a premier resource for maritime research.
Maritime Research Center (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park)
Library holdings include logbooks from the American
Dollar Steamship, and American Mail Lines (1925-1944); the John Lyman
Collection; the Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection; vessel plans
(1878-1966) in the David W. Dickie Collection, and others. The holdings of the library and archival materials are searchable online in the Keys Catalog .
Website for the major U.S. maritime museum and research center.
Blunt White Library has made available online
over a dozen
and yacht registers, including the earliest editions
the New York Marine Register (1857), American
Register of American and Foreign Shipping (1859), Record
of American and Foreign Shipping (1871), Fox’s
Yachting Annual (1872),
and the American Yacht List (1874).
National Archives (United Kingdom)
Collections at the National Archives, UK (formerly the Public Record
Office), span 1000 years of British history. The Archives Catalogue and
Centre and Library Catalogue are searchable online. The "Getting
of this website includes pathfinders for finding archival information
related to the Royal
Navy, the Merchant
Navy, and the Royal
National Maritime Digital Library
Itís all about the sea ... Includes an excellent feature to search for maritime items across dozens of key collections and institutions.
National Maritime Museum (United
The Museum's website includes digital
representations of thousands of items from the museum collections; information about the museum's collected works of art; and catalogs of archival materials, and published works.
Naval Historical Center
(U.S. Department of the Navy)
The Naval Historical Center offers the only official online version
of the Dictionary
of American Naval Fighting Ships. The Dictionary is
browseable by ship name and includes information about Confederate
naval vessels. Researchers may also use the NHC
engine for keyword searches. New
information is constantly being added to their list of Frequently
New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Museum's Kendall Institute Research Library offers an overview
whaling history; an introductory
bibliography on whaling; a bibliography
for educators and students; a searchable
inventory of microfilmed whaling logbooks and journals by
whaleship name, port of registry, year, master,
keeper; descriptions of implements
used in whaling; a searchable list of "fakeshaw" (fake
and fraudulent “scrimshaw”); and other resources.
USS Constitution Museum
Website for the museum dedicated to the world's oldest commissioned
warship, located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Frequently
Asked Questions list
provides answers to numerous inquiries about the frigate, its
construction, commanders, engagements, etc.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum houses over 15,000 objects and 100,000 images either in storage or on exhibit. Our holdings reflect the cityís long connection with Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic, and the collection represents European, Asian, North American and First Nations sources. Objects include navigational tools, books, charts, posters, and uniforms that touch on naval history, the Vancouver waterfront, shipping, recreational watercraft, and marine harvesting.