The ship plan and survey report collection includes a wide range of document types, over 480 in fact! As the wider digitisation program continues, we will be uploading more documents to the website. Read about some of our fascinating finds from the collection so far in our blogs.
Please note, the Centre's digitisation activities are ongoing and therefore some ships/documents from the collection may not yet be available.
We are offering Small Research Grants of up to £15,000 to make use of our digital collections. Find out more here.
> Scroll below to find out about the collection's most popular document types.
Periodical reports of survey carried out by Lloyd's Register surveyors containing details of the vessel at the time of survey. Reports can include information on a ship's build, ownership, voyages, registration, machinery, materials, repair, classification and loss. There are a wide variety of specific types that document the changes made to a vessel while classed by Lloyd's Register.
The collection houses a diverse range of construction plans and technical drawings of vessels, boilers and machinery. These provide key information regarding the construction, arrangement, material and dimensions of ships surveyed by Lloyd's Register.
Letters, notes and memoranda received by Lloyd's Register surveyors, shipbuilders, owners, and underwriters. These typically concern issues surrounding the construction, classification, survey, repair, salvage and loss of vessels.
Clerical forms relating to the particulars, amendments and postponement of ship surveys. These records can also include comments concerning material tests, ship loss accounts, freeboard verification and records of ownership.
Official certificates issued by Lloyd's Register and other testing and proving organisations. These document the classification, testing, quality, condition, and survey of vessels, boilers, machinery, anchors, chain cables and freeboard.