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Date recorded as the time of writing.

Date of document

The year in which a vessel’s construction is completed.

Year of ship completion

The individual and/or organisation listed as having been responsible for constructing the vessel. This can/may be the same as the owner and/or manager.


The port or place in which the vessel’s construction took place, at the time of writing.

Place of build

Official administrative title (often printed) of a record used by Lloyd’s Register or external organisations.

Document identity

Records that constitute Lloyd’s Register’s first official encounters with a specific vessel, e.g. a survey report.

First entry?

The individual and/or organisation listed that is responsible for the everyday management of a ship. This may be the same as the owner.

Ship manager

Location where the document is written.

Location of Document Creation

A vessel’s means of propulsion.


Is the steamer assisted by sail?

Sail assisted steamer

Type and configuration of the engine(s) supplied for a vessel.

Engine type

Date in which construction of a vessel’s engines were completed.

Year of engine build

Confirmation as to whether the vessel was equipped with refrigeration machinery to aid in the transport of frozen or chilled cargo/goods.

Refrigeration machinery fitted for cargo purposes?

Does the vessel possess an auxiliary power source?


Is electric lighting fitted to the vessel?

Electric light fitted?

Contextual information related to the reasons of the vessel’s loss or disposal.

Circumstances of loss or disposal

Recorded date for the vessel’s loss or disposal.

Date of loss, disposal or incident

Name of ship as recorded on the record

Ship name

The process of transferring a vessel to water, but not necessarily her completion.

Launch Date

Unique identifier for a given ship, it is assigned by a builder.

Yard no

Previously referred to as signal letters (c.19th C), radio call signs enable a ship to communicate and are assigned by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Signal letter/Call sign

The port in which a vessel is registered or permanently based.

Port of registry

The individual and/or organisation listed

Ship owner

An officially licensed mariner (post 1850) holding ultimate command and responsibility for a vessel.


Physical arrangement of a ship’s masts, sails and rigging.


Predominant material(s) utilised in a vessel’s construction.

Material of construction

A ship’s total internal volume in ‘register tons’ (replaced by gross tonnage post 1982).

Gross Register Tonnage

Location of construction for a vessel’s engines.

Location of engine build
Engine builder as written

Is machinery fitted at the aft of the vessel?

Machinery aft?

Generally a smaller additional auxiliary boiler (often used while the vessel is at port).

Is a donkey boiler fitted?

Name of the Proving House responsible for the public testing and certification of a vessel’s anchors and/or chain cables.

Lloyd's Proving House?

Vessel’s area of loss or disposal/last known recorded location.

Area of ship loss

Physical extent of a record.

Number of parts

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