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Researching ships and seafarers

The Archive holds significant records relating to shipping and seafarers.

Major record series include Crew Lists and Logbooks, Vessel Registers, and Shipping Lists. Other series include information on captains, voyages, and shipwrecks.

Published lists of vessels include Lloyd's Register of Shipping, from 1763 to date; the Mercantile Navy List, [1857-1973]; Record of American and Foreign Shipping, [1871-1988]; Merchant Vessels of the United States, [1867-1978]; Bureau Veritas Register of Ships: Registre Veritas, [1829-1985].

Access to the information contained in the records varies with each series. Information on how the records can be searched is given under the description of the record series. The only records series which are in electronic format are the certificates of vessel registry and sample crew agreements for major Atlantic Canadian ports, which contain data compiled for the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project. This data is now available on a CD entitled Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada. For other record series we have specified where name indexes are available. All records described on these web pages are held at the Maritime History Archive.

Shipping Records

View the Maritime History Archive Shipping Records.

Research Services:

The Maritime History Archive will research the records in its custody and provide reports and/or copies of documents on request. The fee for research is $40.00 per hour and there is a cost recovery charge for postage.

In searching for seafarers the fees are based on one hour to complete a search of two years of crew agreements for one vessel (or two vessels searched for one year). Copies of the agreements are reduced from the original size of 11" x 17" to 8.5" x 11"and cost $0.50 per page.

For information on ordering copies of crew agreements from the Maritime History Archive please go to the Ordering Crew Agreements page.

Schedule of fees



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