Information sheets

The Heritage & Education Centre publishes a number of information sheets, covering the history of Lloyd's Register, the Register of Shipping, popular maritime subjects and sources for researching areas outside the scope of our records.

These information sheets, provided for the public benefit, are the copyright of Lloyd's Register. Please feel free to print copies for your own research, but you may not copy them for commercial use or republish them in any way, whether in electronic or paper form. If you have any suggestions for institutions or sources to include in the information sheets or amendments to details currently listed, please email them to: info@lr.org

Click on the links below to access the information sheets in pdf format.

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Addresses for further research

Lloyd’s Register cannot always help with your enquiries, so we have compiled this list of suggested sources to help you, when we are unable to.

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Registry of Shipping and Seamen

Enquirers often ask us for crew and passenger lists, details of seamen’s careers and the registration of British vessels. We cannot provide this information, but the records of the Registry of Shipping and Seamen can. This information sheet explains the sources briefly and gives contact details for the institutions that hold them.

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Lloyd’s Marine collection

Contrary to popular belief, Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s of London are two completely separate organisations, sharing only the origin of their names. The Lloyd’s Marine collection, held at the Guildhall Library, contains archive records from Lloyd’s of London, such as the Lloyd’s Captains’ Register, Lloyd’s List and voyage record cards. This information sheet explains the records briefly and gives contact details for the Guildhall Library.

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Useful addresses for historical research in North America

Addresses for research institutions, libraries and museums in North America and Canada.

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The History of International Yachting and the America’s Cup

Historical information about the development of yacht racing and Lloyd’s Register’s Rules for the Classification of Yachts.

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Useful addresses for research in Australia and New Zealand

Addresses for research institutions, libraries and museums in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Honourable East India Company

The ships of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) were the largest merchantmen of late 18th and early 18th centuries. Download this information sheet for a guide to records available on the HEIC and its ships.

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Useful addresses for research in Ireland

Addresses for research institutions, libraries and museums in Ireland.

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Photographic collections

Heritage & Education Centre does not keep a library of ships’ photographs or drawings, so we have compiled the list of contact addresses for collections accessible to the public in one form or another.

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Lloyd’s Register of Shipping: sources available to historical researchers

This is a guide to the sources held in the Heritage & Education Centre reference library and the information that they yield. It is intended to help enquirers decide whether or not Lloyd’s Register’s publications can help with their research.

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Shipwreck and Marine: UK Shipwreck Computer Index

Details of Richard and Bridget Larn’s computerised index of shipwrecks around the British Isles.

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Shipwrecks: possible sources of information

Beyond the Lloyd’s Register Casualty Returns (published since 1890) and a few reference books, Heritage & Education Centre does not keep a great deal of information on shipwrecks. This information sheet lists contact details for those organisations that can be of greater help to divers and others interested in shipwrecks.

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The Wreck Section of the Hydrographic Department (MOD) and hydrographic offices overseas

 

This information sheet outlines the work and records of the Hydrographic Department and gives the contact details of its counterparts overseas.

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Useful addresses for passenger lines and freighter travel

Contact details for companies that operate cruise liners and facilitate freighter travel. Also contacts details of related information/advice bodies.

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Major classification societies (and London offices where known)

Contact details for the major classification societies.

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Edward Lloyd and his coffee house

A brief history of the owner of the coffee house from which both Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s of London took their names. This information sheet also explains the origin of Lloyd’s Register and its association with Edward Lloyd.

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Collections of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships and associated publications in UK and Ireland

This information sheet gives contact details for some of the institutions throughout the UK and Ireland that hold collections of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships.

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Titanic

Lloyd’s Register did not class the Titanic, but she did appear in the 1912/13 edition of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships. This information sheet contains factual information extracted from the Register as well as notes and statistical data from other sources.

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Maritime, antiquarian and specialist booksellers

Contact details for booksellers in the UK plus some useful websites.

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Major maritime museums in Europe

This information sheet lists contact addresses for some of the major maritime museums across Europe.

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Maritime educational and training establishments

Contact addresses and course details for educational and training establishments specialising in marine subjects, including history, business, seamen’s courses, engineering, etc.

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Fishermen’s associations

Contact details of associations in the UK.    

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Sources for schools

Some sources for information on merchant shipping, shipbuilding and maritime history.

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Useful sources for genealogists

This information sheet lists addresses for relevant institutions as well as suggested reading and websites for those interested in tracing their family history.

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64 shares

Explanation of the terms relating to registering the ownership of a British vessel.

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Useful addresses for research in South Africa

Addresses for research institutions, libraries and museums in South Africa.

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Useful addresses for research into Scandinavian ancestry

Addresses for research institutions, libraries and museums.

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Lloyd’s Register’s Coat of Arms

This information sheet explains the character and origin of Lloyd’s Register’s Coat of Arms.

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Passenger Lists

Sources for locating ships’ passenger lists.

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Modern ship size definitions

 

Definitions of ULCC, VLCC, AFRAMAX, PANAMAX, SUEZMAX and CAPESIZE ship sizes. (Infosheet is under review)

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Lloyd’s Register

A brief history of Lloyd’s Register followed by details of the organisation’s business today and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

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History of Lloyd’s Register’s Classification Committee

This Classification Committee has been in existence since 1837 and is still the only body entitled to assign, suspend or withdraw class.

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Who was that lady?

The Lloyd’s Register Ladybadge was the original symbol of Lloyd’s Register. This information sheet gives a brief history of the Lloyd’s Register Ladybadge and of our subsequent logos.

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Researching the earliest Registers

This information sheet contains abbreviations and advice for researching the early editions of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships.

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Classification

Some notes on Lloyd’s Register and ship classification.

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The Maltese Cross

The Maltese Cross X is the symbol used to signify that a ship and/or its machinery has been built to Lloyd’s Register class. This information sheet explains the origin of the symbol.

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Diesel engine design and manufacture - a history

The first decade of the 1900s proved to be a time of experimentation and success in the area of diesel engine design and manufacture. This infosheet looks at advances and developments in diesel engine design.

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Useful sources for information on immigration and emigration

This information sheet offers a list of contact addresses for relevant institutions and suggested reading for genealogists and those interested in immigration and emigration.

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The slave trade

Notes and sources for research into the slave trade, including a bibliography of relevant texts.

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Turret ships

The first turret steamer was built in 1892, by William Doxford and Sons Ltd, at Pallion Shipyard in Sunderland. The last was completed in 1911. This information sheet explains the origin and development of this ship type.

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The meaning of ‘Maru’ (infosheet under review)

The word “maru” originated in the seventh century and has since come to serve as a popular name for Japanese vessels. This information sheet offers several definitions of ‘Maru’. 

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Classification symbols 1764-1994

Since Lloyd’s Register was founded in 1760, many symbols have been used to denote classification. This information sheet highlights the progression of the symbol and character of classification between 1764 and 1994.

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Mercantile Navy List

Brief introduction to this Board of Trade publication which records all British registered vessels over one quarter of a ton, including coastal vessels and pleasure craft. Details of institutions that hold reference copies of the Mercantile Navy List in the UK.

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Making a search using the Lloyd’s Register of Ships

A guide for researchers using the Lloyd’s Register of Ships.

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Lloyd’s Register/International Maritime Organization (IMO) numbers

An explanation of Lloyd’s Register’s unique ship identification number, which was adopted by the IMO.

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Collections of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships and associated publications overseas

This information sheet gives contact details for some of the institutions overseas that hold collections of the Lloyd’s Register of Ships.

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Sources for maritime statistics

Details of where to access sources for statistical research.

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From whaling to whale watching: information sources and suggested reading (still under development)

Information and sources for the history of whaling and the relatively new industry of whale watching. 

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Online sources for the location of archival collections

 

Summary of some online sources for research.

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History of the Ship (still under development)


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Queen of the Seas (still under development)

Why the ship is called a ‘She’. 

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Sources for offshore industry

Addresses and sources for information on the offshore and energy industries.

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The IMarEST collection at Lloyd’s Register

Details on the historic library of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology which is now held at Lloyd’s Register’s Heritage & Education Centre in London.

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Notes on the technical staff of LR

Paper about the early technical staff of Lloyd’s Register including the different types of surveyor (exclusive and non-exclusive) and their later specialisations as technology progressed. Also includes sources available for research.