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Alphabetical List of Ship Registers, District of Barnstable, Massachusetts, 1814-1913. Boston, Mass., 1938.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 N3
LC Catalog Record: 39026140

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Image (left): Launching of 10,000 ton ships. The first of 90 sister ships to be built for the Maritime Commission slides off the dock into the Atlantic.
Between 1941 and 1944?
LC-USE6-D-010609 (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-DIG-fsa-8b08634 (digital file from original neg.)
Repository: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division
Breadth of information may vary ship to ship, but information can include: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc. Also available on the HathiTrust.

American Bureau of Shipping. New York
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A55
LC Catalog Record: 99000230
Holdings: 1868-2002

ABS was first chartered in the state of New York in 1862, to certify ship captains. ABS verifies that merchant ships and marine structures presented to it comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey. This title has a U.S./Canadian perspective. There are two sections: the first covers U.S. and Canadian ship the second foreign ships. The data in the U.S./Canada is alphabetical by ship name and includes: former name, flag, port of hail, type, ballast, construction (info on hatches/holds), fuel capacity, dimensions (including draft, freeboard, deadrise), tonnage, builders (ship, place, engine, boilers), type and particulars of machines, hull class, number, official number, signal letters.  Organization of foreign ship section alphabetical by ship but the information is not as detailed and includes: name, owner, flag, fuel, dimensions, ton, when/where built, and engine/boiler information.

American Bureau of Shipping, American Lloyds. Cleveland, Ohio, American Bureau of Shipping, Great Lakes Department [1917-,
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G7
LC Catalog Record: 18000727
Holdings: 1893, 1898-1911, 1920-1932 incomplete.

Earlier titles were done together with Great Lakes Register and Bureau Veritas. There is a list of owners/manager as well as separate sections for steam and sailing ships. The steam section includes ship information: official number, type of vessel, flag, material, tonnage, dimensions, number of decks, when/where and by whom built, owner/manager name(s), engine information (system, cylinders, builder's and when/where built), boilers (type, dimension, furnace, when/where built), etc. Information on sail ships includes: official number, type, name of vessel and port of hail, flag, material, tonnage, dimensions, number of decks, when/where and who built, owner/manager, and classification.

American Documented Merchant Vessels of 500 Gross Tons Over ... United States. Bureau of Navigation Washington, Govt. print. off., 1919-
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A4
LC Catalog Record: 19026597
Holdings: 1920-1932 (v26-v176), monthly.

One list for those over 1,000 gross and another for those between 500-999 gross. Ship information includes: name, deadweight, owners, when built, and home port.

American Lloyd's Universal Register of Shipping ... New York, C. Vogt, printer, 1866
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A7
LC Catalog Record: ca08001381
Holdings: 1866-1883, incomplete.

Separate tabs for Ships, Barks, Brigs, Schooners, and Steamers. The data can vary a bit depending on the section and sections are each alphabetical by ship name. Information given includes: signal number, captain, class, tonnage, decks, draft, wood, when metalled, port belonging to, when/where built, built by whom, owners/consignees, dimensions, remarks.

Code List of Merchant Vessels of the United States. United States. Bureau of Navigation (Department of Commerce and Labor) Washington, Gov't Print. Off., 1895-1903.
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A21
LC Catalog Record: 07027312

Information is in one volume and also includes flag images, signal flag image, and other information. Information includes official number and signal letter for seagoing vessels and a separate section for yachts. Information for both is the same: official number, signal and letters, rig, number of decks, masts, name, tonnage, lengths, breadth, depth, when/where built, home port, and name of owner (or managing/ principle name).

Cutler, Carl C. Greyhounds of the Sea; The Story of the American Clipper Ship; with a foreword by Charles Francis Adams; 118 illustrations. [1st. ed.] New York, London; Putnam, 1930.
LC Call Number: VK23 .C8
LC Catalog Record: 30031481

This is a general history of clipper ships from colonial times to 1859. Individual chapters cover travel to China, Australia with the discovery of gold, travel to California, around Cape Horn, etc. Several appendixes may be helpful: ships, measurements, etc.; some record and near-record sailing ship passages (by route – to Australia, California, etc. with ship name, dates); list of 139 voyages reported in America in the China to England trade from 1850-1860 (by departure year includes hip and master name, departure location and data, and arrival location and date); California voyages (includes ship and master name, departure date/location, and arrival data in San Francisco); etc. Includes black and white and color illustrations. Reprinted in 1961 and 1984.

Directory Relating to Record of Arrival of Passenger Steamships at the Ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore, 1904 to 1926 Inclusive. New York, Immigration Information Bureau, 1928. [San Francisco, R and E Research Associates, 1972]
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 D57 1972
LC Catalog Record: 77163942

Information is limited. Listed by ship line and then by date of arrival.

Great Lakes Red Book. Cleveland, Penton Pub. Co. [etc.] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 L7
LC Catalog Record: 02013631
Holdings: 1902-1992, monthly.

This is a very small title. It includes vessel name, owners, captain, and engineer.

Green's Great Lakes and Seaway Directory. [North Olmsted, Ohio, etc.] [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G8
LC Catalog Record: 09025161
Holdings: 1909-1962 (incomplete thru the 1920's).

This title is more than just about individual ships as it includes coal and miscellaneous docks, grain elevators, ore loading/unloading docks, harbor maps, tug information, list of boats scrapped. Ship information includes: name, fleet number, hull information, gross ton, dimensions, capacity, owner/manager, and year built. There are also sections on general dimensions on stats, one on engines, and one on compartment capacities.

Greenwood's and Dills' Lake Boats. [Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press.]
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G826
LC Catalog Record: 88659370
Holdings: 1988-2002.

This covers bulk freight on the Great Lakes. Information includes: fleet number, vessel name, hatch/hold size, gross ton, keel, beam, depth, compartments, season draft weights, capacity, and length.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes, 1900-1909. Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press, c1987.
LC Call Number: VK23.7.G727 1987
LC Catalog Record: 86083420

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes, 1910-1919. Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press, c1986.
LC Call Number: VK23.7.G728 1986
LC Catalog Record: 85080932

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes, 1920-1929. Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press, c1984.
LC Call Number: VK23.7.G729 1984
LC Catalog Record: 84080858

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes, 1930-1955. Cleveland : Freshwater Press, 1978.
LC Call Number: VK23.7.G73 1995
LC Catalog Record: 78102385

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes 1956-1980 : A Quarter Century Photostory of Great Lakes Ships and the Sequel to Namesakes 1930-1955. [Cleveland, Ohio] (334 The Arcade, Cleveland 44114) : Freshwater Press, c1981.
LC Call Number: VK23.7.G733 1991
LC Catalog Record: 81186340

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes of the '90's : the factual story with photographs of currently existing commercial freight, passenger and carferry vessels in the Great Lakes fleet telling the "why" and the meaning of each vessel's name with 350 ship names : cross-referenced. Cleveland, OH : Freshwater Press, c1991.
LC Call Number: VK23.7 .G74 1991
LC Catalog Record: 91072025

Part of the Namesakes series. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes of the Lakes; a factual story with photographs of every currently existing commercial freight vessel and carferry in the Great Lakes fleet telling the "why" and the meaning of each vessel's name. Cleveland, Ohio, Freshwater Press [1970]
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G83
LC Catalog Record: 73161369

Part of the Namesakes series. Covered ships on the lakes in 1969 and 1970. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. Namesakes II; a factual photostory of former vessels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River during the period 1940-1972. Commercial freight and passenger ships and barges are described fully and shown in fine photographs telling the "why," the meaning. Cleveland, Ohio, Freshwater Press [1973]
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G832
LC Catalog Record: 73161361

Part of the Namesakes series. There may be overlap with other titles by the same author including Namesakes 1956-1980 and Namesakes, 1930-1955. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. New namesakes of the Lakes : a factual story with photographs of every currently existing commercial freight vessel and carferry in the Great Lakes fleet telling the "why" and the meaning of each vessel's name. Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press, 1975.
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G836
LC Catalog Record: 75310167

Part of the Namesakes series. Included are the new and older ships on the Lakes as of 1975. Table of Contents lists by fleet company name. Most entries include photographs along with the then owner, when/where built, dimensions, hull number and some history of the vessel.

Greenwood, John Orville. The Fleet Histories Series. Cleveland, Ohio : Freshwater Press, c1990-<c2002 >
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 G824 1990
LC Catalog Record: 91143358

Multi-volume set with the complete histories of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes fleets.
Volume 1 The Mack, Becker, Jenkins, England, Seither, and Midland
Volume 2 The United, Thompson, Forest City, Nicholson-Universal, Gotham, Northwest, Johnson, Browning, and McCarthy
Volume 3 Reiss, Peavey, Gartland, Farrar, Western, Bassett, and Foote
Volume 4 American Interlake, Canada-Cuba, Glen Line, Glen Steamship, Glen Transportation, Great Lakes Transportation, Great Lakes Transit, Lakewood, Midland Navigation, Midland Towing, Morrow, Northern Navigation, Paisley, Progress, and Valley Camp
Volume 5 Hutchinson family, Central Paper, Lake Ports Shipping & Navigation, Petoskey Transportation, and McLouth
Volume 6 10 fleets of Cleveland-Cliffs, the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company, Traverse City Transportation, and the 13 fleets of the Hawgood family
Volume 7 James Davidson, George Tomlinson, Lake Transit, Brown & Co., Canada Starch, Port Colborne & St. Lawrence Navigation, Coal Carriers, Bayswater, and Jupiter Steamship fleets of the Great Lakes
Volume 8 includes the fleets of Shenango Furnace, Cleveland Tankers, Lakeland Tankers, Diamond Steamship, Hindman Transportation, Lakehead Transportation, Great Lakes Lumber and Shipping, and the Great Lakes Steamship Company
Volume 9 Papachristidis Shipping, Minnesota Steamship, Minnesota-Atlantic Transit, Mathews Steamship, Carrollton Steamship, Eastern Steamship (Can.), Eastern & Western Steamship (U.S.), Shell Oil, Interstate Steamship, Waterways Navigation, Wolverine Steamship, F.D. Gleason Coal, and Kinney Steamship
Volume 10 Misener, Soo River, Reoch, International-Harvester, Keystone, Lake Tankers, Lloyd Tankers, Merchants Mutal Line, Minto Trading, Masaba Steamship,Western Navigation, Pine Ridge Coal and Spanish River/Abitibi Power.

Howe, Octavius T. American Clipper Ships, 1833-1858 / by Octavius T. Howe, M. D. and Frederick C. Matthews. Salem, Mass. : Marine Research Society, 1926-27.
LC Call Number: VM23 .H6
LC Catalog Record: 26018490
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This is a two volume title with ships listed alphabetically. It is a written description and history. It includes the builder, launch date, how much she could carry. There were also descriptions of voyages with start and destination as well as approximate travel times. If the ship was lost or abandoned it indicated approximate location and date. It also includes a number of illustrations.

Inland Lloyds Vessel Register; A Classification of American and Foreign Hulls Navigating the Great Lakes and Tributaries. Buffalo, N.Y. : Matthews, Northrup & Co.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7I I5
LC Catalog Record: xca08001384
Holdings: 1885, 1904, 1906, 1907.

Alphabetical by name with information grouped by type (propellers, schooners, lar barges). Information includes: name, built of data, gross ton, where/when built, owner, port of hail, value, class, remarks. Made “solely for the purpose of insurance” according to the title.

Johnson's Marine Manual; a Directory of American-owned Commercial Craft with Information for Owners and Operators. New York, E. Johnson. [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 J6
LC Catalog Record: 16006097
Holdings: 1915-1954.

Vessel covered includes motor, unrigged, government, and undocumented but officially numbered. Information on ships includes: number, signal/call radio number, name, tonnage, dimensions, where built, service type, crew number, horsepower, owner, home port. Includes an owners index.

Knoblock, Glenn A. The American Clipper Ship, 1845-1920 : A Comprehensive History, with a Listing of Builders and Their Ships. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
LC Call Number: VK23 .K57 2014
LC Catalog Record: 2013042895

Table of Contents Part One covers the history of the clipper with chapters titles: Westward Ho: the coming of the clipper -- Challenge: the design of a clipper ship -- Young Mechanic: the building of a clipper ship -- Architect: the clipper ship builders -- Intrepid: clipper ship commanders, crew and passengers -- Wild Rover: clipper ship voyages and trade -- Titan: clipper ship owners and agents -- Sweepstakes: fast passages and record setting voyages -- Hurricane: shipwrecks and other noteworthy clipper events -- Twilight: the end of the American clipper ship era. Part two is Clipper builders and their ships by state that includes information on specific named ships including its history.

Lloyd, James T. Lloyd's Steamboat Directory, and Disasters on the Western Waters, Cincinnati, Ohio, J. T. Lloyd & Co.; Chicago, Ill., D. B. Cooke & co., 1856.
LC Call Number: F353 .L80
LC Catalog Record: 01008711
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An early account of wreck on rivers in the United States covering 1798-1812 so it doesn't include major events such as the sinking of the Sultana. Title also includes a history of steam power for ships and information on the lives of Robert Fulton and John Fitch. There is an general index which does include ships names as well as references to other more general information and places.

Marx, Robert F. Shipwrecks in the Americas. New York : Dover Publications, 1987.
LC Call Number: VK1250 .M36 1987
LC Catalog Record: 87023756
Publisher description

The coverage is major wrecks in the western hemisphere, from time of Columbus to ca. 1825.

Merchant Vessels of the United States... United States. Bureau of Customs. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1869-19
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A2
LC Catalog Record: 06035358
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Holdings: 1867-1965.

Covers merchant vessels (motor, steam, sailing, and unrigged) and yachts (motor, steam, sailing, and unrigged/houseboats). Layout and presentation differ somewhat over time and more data is included as time passes. This title also covers Philippines and other territories when they were territories or before became state. For U.S. government ships grouped by government agency: Navy, Army, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Interior, and Agriculture.

Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States, 1790-1868 : "The Lytle-Holdcamper list," initially compiled from official merchant marine documents of the United States and other sources / by William M. Lytle and Forrest R. Holdcamper ; rev. and edited by C. Bradford Mitchell, with the assistance of Kenneth R. Hall. Staten Island, N.Y. : Steamship Historical Society of America ; Baltimore : distributed by University of Baltimore Press, 1975.
LC Call Number: HE745 .L97 1975
LC Catalog Record: 75018930

This is the reprint and update of a title often known as the Lytle List and is an updated version of Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States, 1807-1868. Mr. Lytle, was a former Deputy Commissioner of Navigation in the Commerce Department, and used abstracts of registers, licenses, and enrollments issued to various vessels and the copies of the actual documents that had been surrendered and sent to the Bureau of Navigation. There are several lists and each is organized alphabetically.
List A is the primary list and contains the name, tonnage amount that it could carry, the year and place built as well as the first home port.
List B comprises Losses of the United States Merchant Vessels from 1807-1867 and contains information on the manners, place, and date of the loss and the number of lives lost.
List C is Merchant Vessels of the United States Converted to Steam from 1807-1867.
List D is Steam Vessels Mentioned in Contemporary newspapers or Other Sources but not in Federal Records for the years 1807-1867 and contains the names that were not registered, enrolled, licensed or inspected but it is not a complete list.
There is also a compound name index.

Merchant Vessels of the United States. United States Department of Transportation United States Coast Guard.
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A27
LC Catalog Record: 76606560
Digitized versions available for 1895-1965
Holdings: 1968-1989.

Alphabetical list by vessel name and it does include yachts. Information includes ship specific information: official number, signal letters, rig, tonnage, dimensions, where/when built, service type, horsepower, owner, and home port. There is an index of owners and a secondary list with current and former names.

Millar, John Fitzhugh. Early American Ships. Williamsburg, Va. : Thirteen Colonies Press, 1986.
LC Call Number: VK23 .M55 1986
LC Catalog Record: 85051585

This book is oversize and includes written pieces on the history/life of ships of the early United States.

Mills, Rodney H. Wooden Steamers on the Great Lakes. Vermilion, Ohio : Great Lakes Historical Society, 2002.
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 M55 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2003545283

This title only covers the Great Lakes and chapters cover the wooden steamer era, ship histories, a table of renamed vessels, an owner directory, and a select bibliography.

Neville, Bert. Directory of River Packets in the Mobile-Alabama--Warrior-Tombigbee Trades, 1818-1932. 1st ed. Selma, Ala., 1962.
LC Call Number: HE630.M65 N4
LC Catalog Record: 62038822

Listing is alphabetical by ship and includes limited information of rig, name, ton, date/place built, and disposition. Distances for places by river Alabama, Tombigbee, Little Tombigbee, Mobile, Black Warrior. Includes river maps and images of ships.

Neville, Bert. Directory of Tennessee River Steamboats (1821-1928). 1st ed. Selma, Ala., 1963.
LC Call Number: HE630.T4 N4
LC Catalog Record: 63002482

Listing is alphabetical by ship and includes limited information of rig, name, ton, date/place built, and disposition.

The New York Forwarder: Devoted to the Development, Progress and support of the port of New York ... New York, New York forwarder publishing co., inc., 1929-
LC Call Number: HE554.N7 N65
LC Catalog Record: 35016081
Holdings: June 1927-December 1986, weekly

Title does include news and a section in later years on air cargo, but is predominantly world port sailings for passengers and cargo.
AKA Brandon's Shipper & Freight Forwarder

The New York Maritime Register. New York, 18--
LC Call Number:HE561.N4 (folio)
LC Catalog Record: unk82072398
Holdings: 1895-1948.

Information is by port but includes an index by ship name. Now off-site so turn around for this title is 2 days. This is a standard classification of American vessels and others that visit American Ports and was designed to bring some standardization to the information that would be used by insurers, merchants, and owners. It was intended that complete volumes were issued annually with tri-monthly supplements. Data is grouped by ships, barks, brigs, schooners, and steamers. Listing is alphabetical by ship name and information includes: captain name, official number, rig, class, draft, deck number, wood, when metalled, when/where built, who built, hails from, managing owners/consignee, measurement, model, and date of survey. An issue from 1858 includes schematics of a ship and rigging. Digital versions of issues from 1858 are also available at the Museum of America and the Sea.External Link

Original American Lloyd's Register of American and Foreign Shipping. New-York, R.C. Root, Anthony & Co. [etc.] 1857-
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A6
LC Catalog Record: 08012344
Holdings: 1857-1883.

Related titles New-York Marine Register and American Lloyd's Registry of American and Foreign Shipping. Separate tabs for Ships, Barks, Brigs, Schooners, and Steamers. The data can vary a bit depending on the section. Sections are each alphabetical by ship name and includes: captain, class, tonnage, decks, draft, wood, when metalled, port belonging to, when/where built, where owned, owners, and remarks.

Ship Registers of Dighton-Fall River, Massachusetts, 1789-1938. Compiled by the Survey of federal archives, Division of women's and professional projects, Work projects administration. The National archives, cooperating sponsor. Boston, Mass., The National archives project, 1939.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S75
LC Catalog Record: 44001349

Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership changes information, etc.

Ship Registers of the District of Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1789-1908. Compiled by the Survey of the federal archives, Division of women's and professional projects, Works progress administration. The National archives, cooperating sponsor ... Boston, Mass., The National archives project, 1939-
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S815
LC Catalog Record: 40026535
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Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership changes information, etc.

Ship Registers of the District of Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1789-1875, compiled from the Gloucester customs house records, now on deposit at the Essex institute, with an introduction by Stephen Willard Phillips.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 E8
LC Catalog Record: 45003898

Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership changes information, etc.

Ship Registers and Enrollments of Machias, Maine, 1780-1930. Prepared by the National archives project, Division of community service projects, Work projects administration. The National archives, cooperating sponsor ... Rockland, Me., The National archives project, 1942.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 N32
LC Catalog Record: 42050709
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In two parts. Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc.

Ship Registers of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The National archives project, 1940. (Survey of Federal Archives.)
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S76
LC Catalog Record: 40029051
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Dates covered: 1796-1865 (2 vol.). Volume 1 covers 1796-1850, volume 2 1851-1965. Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership changes information, information on when/where built, etc.

Ship Registers and Enrollments of Providence, Rhode Island, 1773-1939. National Archives Project, 1941.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S82
LC Catalog Record: 42001204

Dates covered: 1773-1939 in 2 parts, 2 volumes in each part. Part 1 includes entries with ship information. Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc. There is an index of owners, a chronological index
Part 2 has an index of ship licenses under 20 ton as well as an index of owners, and a chronological index.

Ship Registers and Enrollment of Newport, Rhode Island, 1790-1939. Prepared by the Survey of Federal Archives, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Projects Administration. State of Rhode Island, Department of State, Division of Archives, The National Archives Project, 1938-41.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S8
LC Catalog Record: 42001203
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Dates covered: 1790-1930 (2 volumes). Alphabetical by ship name. Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership changes information, information on when/where built, etc.

Ship Registers of Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prepared by Survey of Federal Archives and Pennsylvania Historical Survey, Division of Community and Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. Pennsylvania Historical Commission, sponsor.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S813
LC Catalog Record: a43002876
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Two volumes cover the years 1780-1870 for ship registered in Philadelphia. Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc.

Signal Letters of the United States Merchant Marine. 1903/04- United States. Bureau of Customs.
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 A22
LC Catalog Record: 07027311
Holdings: 1907-1951

Title organized alphabetically by signal letter. Information includes official number and signal letter for seagoing vessels and a separate section for yachts. Information for both is the same: official number, signal and letters, rig, number of decks, masts, name, tonnage, lengths, breadth, depth, when/where built, home port, and name of owner (or managing/ principle name). Also includes a code list for vessels of the U.S. Navy and color images of flags.

Ship Registers and Enrollments of Saco, Maine, 1791-1915. Prepared by the National archives project, Division of community service programs, Work projects administration. The National archives, cooperating sponsor. Rockland, Me., The National archives project, 1942.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 N324
LC Catalog Record: 42050710
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Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc. Also available on the HathiTrust.

Ship Registers and Enrollments, Ship Licenses Issued to Vessels Under Twenty Tons, Ship Licenses on Enrollments Issued out of the Port of Bristol-Warren, Rhode Island, 1773-1939. Prepared by the Survey of Federal Archives, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration, State of Rhode Island, Department of State, Division of Archives, sponsor. The National Archives, co-operating sponsor. Providence, National Archives Project, 1941.
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 S74
LC Catalog Record: 44001390

Breadth of information may vary by ship to ship, but information on ship includes: owner(s) name, ownership/registration changes information, information on when/where built, etc.

Swayze, David D. Shipwreck! : A Comprehensive Directory of Over 3,700 Shipwrecks on the Great Lakes : includes the most dangerous spot on the lakes, largest freighters lost, the most dangerous decade, treasure ships. Boyne City, Mich. : Harbor House Publishers, c1992.
LC Call Number: G525 .S948 1992
LC Catalog Record: 92189076

Transportation Lines on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Coasts, 1940- : United States. Board of engineers for rivers and harbors.
LC Call Number: HE565.U68 A3
LC Catalog Record: 40029122
LC Catalog Record: 76642428
Holdings: 1942-1980.

Merger of: Transportation Lines on the Great Lakes System, Transportation Lines on the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Transportation Lines of the United States. Table One is alphabetical by name of company/line, company address, individual. Table 2 takes up the bulk of the title and the data is alphabetical by ship name. Data includes: ship name, official number, name of line, dimensions, draft, capacity, cargo handling equipment, local operating base, when built/rebuilt. Table 3 includes Kind/class, points operated between, descriptions of operations with names, points operated between, schedule of operation, commodities, navigation season. Maps are included.

Transportation Lines on the Great Lakes System. New Orleans, La. : Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center : For sale by the District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, New Orleans.
LC Call Number: HE565.U71 A3
LC Catalog Record: 76642418
Holdings: 1935-1980 (incomplete particularly in later years).

Merger of Transportation Lines on the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Transportation Lines on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific Coasts; and  Transportation Lines of the United States. Some volumes from 1946-1975 are available via HathiTrust. Table One is alphabetical by name of line/company. Information includes managing name/number, Zone symbol, etc. Table 2 is a description of individual vessels by Zone. Information includes ownership information, construction type, service type, dimension, capacity, vessel number, status (active/inactive), horsepower, highest fixed above water when light, etc. Table 3 include Operator information by Zone includes name, service (kind/class), points/localities/waterways between which or on which operated, schedule, principle commodities carried, and navigation season.

Transportation Lines on the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. United States. Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors.
LC Call Number: HE565.U74 A3
LC Catalog Record: 36026823
Holdings: 1936-1978.

Continues Transportation Lines on the Mississippi River System that has the same call number. There are 3 tables. Table one alphabetical list by name of line/company/individual, name of owner/operator and links to fuller information in other tables. Table 2 is alphabetical by vessel name. Information includes: line of vessel, active/idle, name or number and type, type of construction, tonnage, dimensions, draft, carrying capacity, cargo handling equipment, home port, and year built. Table 3 is alphabetical by reference number and includes name, vessels in service, service or traffic and class, where operated, ports of call, schedule of operations, principle commodities carried, and navigation season.
There is also an index to carriers operating, table of distances, and a number of photographs.

Waterborne Transportation Lines of the United States. / compiled under the supervision of the Water Resources Support Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. New Orleans, La. : Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, [1986]-
LC Call Number: HE623 .W27
LC Catalog Record: sn94020301
Holdings: 2001-2003

Continues Transportation Lines of the United States. See the Databases and Internet Resources section for the web based equivalent of this title. A three volume annual, that provides both an inventory of vessel companies and their American flag vessels operating in the transportation of freight and passengers and a national summary of all vessels. An alphabetical listing of each vessel company name, address and telephone number is included as are characteristics of each vessel listed by vessel operator name.
Volume One (National Summary) provides a summary of the vessel data detailed in the Waterborne Transportation Lines of the United States (WTLUS). Summarized vessel characteristics are represented in both tabular and graphic format.
Volume 2 (Vessel Company Summary), provides a summary of vessel companies listed alphabetically by company name. Included in this publication are: the business address and telephone number, the Engineer District number, the TSOperator number (for usage in querying computer data), principal commodities carried, the points or localities and waterways between which or on which operated and the number of vessels reported by vessel type.
Volume 3 (Vessel Characteristics), lists the vessel companies alphabetically and describes each vessel surveyed by indicating its name and number, Coast Guard number, net tonnage, type by VTCC code (Vessel Type, Construction and Characteristics) and ICST code (International Classification of Ships by Type; see Terminology for VTCC and ICST), register and overall length and breadth, loaded and light draft, horsepower, carrying capacity in short tons or units of cargo and number of passengers, height of fixed superstructures, cargo handling equipment, operating headquarters, and year built or rebuilt.

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