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The Centre's unique ship plan and survey report collection holds a wealth of information concerning ships. With archived documents dating back to the 1830s, the collection offers an insight into the design, construction and servicing of ships throughout their career. From handwritten correspondence to telegrams, sketches to midship sections, the plan and survey report collection is a useful resource for maritime historians, naval architects and ancestry researchers.

Please note, the Centre's digitisation activities are ongoing and therefore ships/documents from the collection may not be digitised yet.

Popular ship types

  • Passenger Liner

  • Cargo

  • Tanker

  • Ferry

  • Refrigerated cargo

  • Coaster