Digital resources

Lloyd's Register of Ships online

Historical editions freely accessible online

Volumes of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships which are fully accessible and searchable online (up to 1884) can be accessed via archive.org. Please note that not all editions have been digitised yet but the Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) are creating searchable scans of our entire Register Book collection up to 2000 and making them freely available online.  

The online volumes listed in the table below were scanned in by Googlebooks and by The Internet Archive independently of HEC. These digitised Registers can be searched by any of the fields such as ship name, master, ship owner or place of build (some of the fields may be abbreviated such as ‘Capt’. for Captain or ‘Amer.’ for America). Please note that only the sailing vessel volumes for 1893-4 and 1896-9 have been scanned in so far, the steamer volumes and separate appendix for these years are not yet available online – but they soon will be so watch this space!! 

The Registers for 1930-1945 were digitised as part of the Plimsoll ship data project by the Southampton City Libraries and Archives Services in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register’s Heritage & Education Centre. The fields can be searched by ship name(s), year of build and gross tonnage.  

The Register Book for 1764-66 is now available to view in PDF format. Vessels can be found in alphabetical order of ship name. This is the first time that pages from this original edition of the Register of Ships 1764 has been made available online. The only surviving volume is on permanent loan to the British Library. Please note that copyright of all images of the 1764-6 edition remains with Lloyd’s Register. Images © Lloyd’s Register Group Limited 2017. 

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