Shipping and migration

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.

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,…

Immigrant Diaries 1822-1895

These diaries are held in the National Library of Australia’s manuscript collection. This list is arranged chronologically by year and date of departure.

Emigrant Ships to Australasia 1825-1853

This index by Grahame Thom has been compiled to assist researchers to access 28 medical journals that have been copied as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). There is a list on the The National Archives (UK) site…

Index to vessels arriving in Sydney 1837-1925

This index, by Mary-Anne Warner, lists the name and type of vessel plus date of arrival in Sydney. This index is useful for checking or confirming the date of arrival once you know the name of the ship.

Simplon Postcards – The Passenger Ship Website

This site is a reference archive of image galleries, showing postcards and photographs of ocean liners, cruise ships, ferries and excursion vessels. Currently, there are over 2000 separate pages with 60,000+ images online.

Norway Heritage – Hands Across the Sea

This extensive site is a great place to search for historical details and images of ships. Searches can be made by ship name or owner/operator such as Cunard Line or White Star Line. Detailed histories are available on various steamship…

Royal Museums Greenwich – Picture Library

The Picture Library has 33,800+ images and photographs online depicting notable ships, trade and empire, astronomy, exploration, navigation and time. Collection includes historical photography, ship plans, prints, oil paintings,  astronomical and navigational instruments, and ship models.