Historical research service

For researchers unable to visit the Heritage & Education Centre in person, we offer an historical research service.

RB Historical Research Service

We can provide information on Lloyd's Register classed ships dating back to 1764, and on merchant ships of more than 100 gross tons, regardless of class, dating from the mid-1870s. Our records of shipowners date from 1876 and the Lloyd's Register of Yachts dates from 1878 to 1980 (this was superseded by the Lloyd's Register of Classed Yachts, which itself ceased publication in 1996, with special editions in 1999, 2000 and 2002). 

We hold brief records of casualties to ships (that is the ships themselves not the passengers or crew) dating from July 1890. These show the date and position of sinking, voyage, cargo carried (where known) and the nature of the casualty, i.e. wrecked, foundered, lost, broken-up, etc. During the Second World War and up until 1977, Lloyd's Register maintained Wreck Books. This is a manuscript source, the only copy of which is available to view at the Heritage & Education Centre library. 

Information sheet no.10: Sources available to researchers gives furthers details of the publications that we have in our public reference library. The Heritage & Education Centre also holds the former IMarEST collection  as well as much of RINA's Denny Library collection. Researchers can search the combined library catalogue and all resources are available to the public in the Heritage & Education Centre library. 

Please note - Before making an enquiry we recommend you read our FAQs to make sure our collection covers what you are looking for. We publish a number of information sheets to help researchers in other areas of interest. Please take a look at the information sheets section to find out more.  

Contact address
Heritage & Education Centre 
Lloyd's Register Foundation 71 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 4BS, UK

Heritage & Education Centre 
T +44 (0)20 7423 2475  E hec(dot)info@lrfoundation.org.uk 

Other general enquiries and switchboard
T +44 (0)20 7709 9166  E lloydsreg@lr.org

Historical research service inquiry form
For details of how we collect and use your personal information please refer to our Privacy notice.