People look for information on ships for many reasons. Some because they need to know the background and specifications on individual ships, others may be doing genealogical research and the information on ships
provides a fuller picture of their ancestors.
Ships and Ship Registers: Sources of Information
Table of Contents
The Industry and the History
Registers and Lists
Databases and Internet Resources
LC Catalog Searches
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
This guide is mostly about sources that provide information on the specifics of a ship(s) - from dimensions, weight, tonnage, when and where it was built, who owned it etc. And while this guide is for ship/vessel specific information and not general shipping and shipping history information, I have included a few titles that look at shipping and shipping history in order to provide context that may help in understanding how things work now and in the past.
While this guide is more focused on ships and sources on ships from the United States, because ownership history changes and ship ownership is often international, some international sources have been included - but not all registers from all individual countries are included. Lastly, some trade literature titles covering shipping and ship building for both commercial and military purposes have been included because they often report on specific vessels and include images as well as report sailing schedules (cargo, mails, passenger).
Last updated: 10/09/2015