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Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory Online

The Mercantile Navy List, compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, was published from 1849 until 1976 (with a gap 1941 to 1946, during World War II). This list is the official, comprehensive listing of all merchant vessels…

Lloyd’s Register of Ships online

This site has a table with links to volumes of Lloyd’s Register of Ships which have been scanned by Google Books and The Internet Archive. These fully searchable volumes date from 1764-1899 (with gaps). The Registers can be searched by…

Palmer List of Merchant Vessels Online

This site by Michael Palmer contains extensive information and includes ships’ pictures where available. The focus is on ships to the US but it includes ships that came to Australia.

SS Asturias

This amazing site has been created to provide a central place to gather information about the SS Asturias II. This ship made 23 trips to Australia between 1946 and 1952, carrying more than 25,000 migrants. These included migrants from Poland,…

Register of Ships

This site by G Provost and P Joicey has transcriptions from Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping (1764-2003). Ships are listed alphabetically with registration details such as rigging, tonnage, dimensions, propulsion, owners and master available.


An online aid for those seeking emigrant passenger lists. It allows family history researchers to link with others searching for emigrant passenger lists.

The New Zealand Maritime Record

This site is maintained by the NZ National Maritime Museum offers access to The Maritime Histories – Ship Index which includes 1,500+ images and details of migrant liners in the Antipodean service, historic New Zealand vessels, preserved New Zealand ships…

New Zealand Maritime Index

This site is part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum site. This index allows you to search for vessels, organisations, subjects, and people, mentioned in a number of publications currently being indexed by the Museum.

Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845

This site, by the National Library of Australia, provides access to digital copies of Australian serials. Currently over 70 titles are available.TIP: The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List 1844-1855 is online and can be very useful for detailed…