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This section gives advice and information based on the frequently asked questions the Centre receives.

  • How do I find out more about ship's captains or masters?

    The name (often just the surname) of a ship’s master or captain was recorded in the Lloyd’s Register of Ships between 1764 and 1921. This is the only information that we hold relating to Ships’ masters. More detailed records can be found in Lloyd’s of London’s Lloyd’s Captains’ Register. This was published from 1868 to 1947 and can be viewed at the Guildhall Library.

  • What is classification?

    Lloyd’s Register is a classification and risk management organisation. Classification is the laying down of standards for the construction and maintenance of ships. Compliance to these standards, published as Rules and Regulations, ensures assignment and maintenance of the class +100A1. For a full explanation of classification see Infosheet no.35 and for the history of classification see Infosheet no.32 . Details of other major Classification Societies can be found on Infosheet no.15.

  • Do you have information on crew members?

    No, Lloyd’s Register has never recorded information relating to crew. Crew lists and agreements are held in several different locations. The Registry of Shipping in Cardiff keep current Merchant Navy seamen’s sea service records dating from 1994, as well as more limited records dating from 1973 to 1993. The National Archives hold the majority of the early records of the Registry of Shipping from 1835 onwards. For 1861-1938 and 1951-1990, a 10% sample of all log books and crew agreements are held at the National Archives. The remainder are distributed between the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Please see Infosheet no.2 for further details.

  • Where can I find high resolution copies of digitised documents?

    High resolution copies of the documents are currently unavailable to the general public. For research purposes and filming, high resolution copies can be sent to you. Please visit our contact us page to send us a request for high resolution copies.

  • Do I need to book an appointment before visiting the library?

    No, visitors can simply arrive at the Centre and use the library. Please ask to use the Heritage & Education Centre library at main reception and one of the HEC team will assist you.

  • When is the library open?

    Opening times are Monday to Friday, 09:30 to 16:30. The library is closed at weekends and during public holidays.

  • How can I access physical archived documents?

    Currently, the Centre’s digitisation activities are still ongoing. As a result, the archived documents are unavailable as they are being catalogued and digitised. If your request is urgent, please contact us via our enquiry form.

  • Can I visit the archive?

    The archive is not open to the general public. However, for research purposes and filming, you may be able to visit. Please visit our contact us page to send us an archive visit request.

  • Does the library have disabled access?

    Yes, the library at 71 Fenchurch has disabled access available at the main reception of the Rogers building.

  • Why are there missing editions of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships online?

    The Lloyd’s Register of Ships online webpage gathers links to digitised Register Books across the web. These digitised editions are not scanned by the Centre and have been scanned by Googlebooks or the Internet Archive. Subsequently, missing editions do exist as these are yet to be digitised and be made available in the public domain.

  • Does the library operate a loan system for books?

    No, use of the library books are only permitted within the Centre.

  • How do I apply for a group visit to Fenchurch Street?

    The Centre conducts visits of 71 Fenchurch Street for research groups, universities and institutions. To apply for a group visit, please complete our visit request form and send to hec.info@lrfoundation.org.uk.

  • A relative worked at Lloyd’s Register, how can I find out more information about him/her?

    The Centre have staff records for historic surveyors and some administrative staff. Please complete our general enquiry form to see if we have any information on the individual(s).

  • Can I donate a collection or item to the Centre?

    If you would like to donate a collection or item to the Centre, please contact hec.info@lrfoundation.org.uk and the team will be in touch.

  • What details can I get on vessels currently in service?

    Researchers are welcome to visit the Heritage & Education Centre library to view the latest edition of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships free of charge. Lloyd’s Register can provide information on vessels that are currently in service by using the Lloyd’s Register of Ships and our online Sea-Web subscription.

  • Can you give me historical information on ships?

    Yes, the Centre’s resources at 71 Fenchurch Street have a wealth of historical information on ships. Highlights of the collection include complete collections of Lloyd’s Register of Ships and Lloyd’s Register of Yachts as well as World Fleet Statistics, Casualty Returns and ship biographies.

  • How do I find out about shipwrecks?

    There is no centralised source of information relating to shipwrecks that occurred before 1741. Between 1875 and 1904 a list of vessels removed from the British Register was published in the Mercantile Navy List. Early ‘posted’ editions of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships often include the fate of a vessel. Brief ship details and the date and place of loss have been recorded in the Quarterly Casualty Returns since July 1890. This does not pertain to lives lost at sea, as one might expect, but to total losses of ocean-going merchant ships over 100 gross tonnes. Copies of the Lloyd’s Register Casualty Returns can be viewed in the Heritage & Education Centre Library.

  • Where can I research my yacht?

    The Heritage & Education Centre Library has a complete collection of the Lloyd’s Register of Yachts 1878 to 1980, and Lloyd’s Register of Classed Yachts 1981 to 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002. This is an annual Register, which lists British and Foreign yachts classed by Lloyd’s Register, yachts belonging to subscribers to Lloyd’s Register publications and certain other yachts above a specified size.

  • Is Lloyd’s Register affiliated with Lloyd’s of London?

    Contrary to popular belief, Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s of London are two completely separate organisations, with only the origin of our names in common. Both organisations owe their name and foundation to a seventeenth century coffee house owned by Edward Lloyd and located in great Tower Street.

  • How do I apply to attend the Centre’s events and lectures?

    In most cases, registration for the Centre’s events and lectures can be submitted through Eventbrite. For large scale events, such as Open House London, registration is not required.