Links and Research Information

Historical Links

All links on this page were evaluated in December 2017 but sites close or change their web addresses from time to time so if you spot any errors please let me know. My contact details are at the foot of this page.

Web Link Description of Content
Air of Authority Website dedicated to the history of the RAF and its forebears the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
Atlantic Cable and Undersea Communications Site with just about everything you could ever want to know about the history of the cables and the ships that laid them with many photos, route maps, predecessors of the cable etc. by Bill Burns
British Pathe Various old films can be viewed here including some of ships. Use the search facilities to help find what you are looking for.
British Council Film Collection A collection of short documentary films from the 1930s to 1950 covering various topics - some of nautical interest but all of historical interest. There were 112 fims available when I checked on 12 December 1017.
City of London Guildhall Library A brief guide to the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy material held at the Guildhall Library.
Crew List Index Project Access to a range of tools to assist finding information about ships and crews. Particularly useful for smaller vessels which are not covered by sites like Miramar.
Historical RFA Website of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Historical Society with a vast amount of information and photos of RFA ships.
HMS Conway Website dedicated to Merchant Navy Training Ship HMS Conway 1859-1974.
Internet Archives - Lloyds Registers Search Page from “The Internet Archive” to a whole load of digitised versions of very old Lloyds registers from 1799 to 1899. You can download whatever you want from here - though the interface is a bit quirky.
Kent History Forum Site dedicated to the history of Kent including its ports - a very informative information and discussion board.
Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels Digitised version of a 1912 Lloyd's publication - it is in colour and an excellent resource.
Maritime Matters History and news of ocean liners and cruise ships. Not that easy to navigate but there are some interesting articles about old liners.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic The website of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax Nova Scotia. It had a great deal of information about nautical matters and detailed information about the Halifax explosion on 12/12/1917 - which is believed to have been the world's largest explosion before the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Merchant Navy Nostalgia Merchant Navy reminiscences and photos covering many famous shipping lines.
Ministère de la Défense Vast French government website for the armed forces which includes a large set of plans of old warships. The site is in French but there is a button at the top of the screen to present information in English but only part of the site is currently translated. You can navigate the French version with a bit of effort even if you do not speak the language.
Miramar Ship Index Comprehensive index of ships with search facilities - includes basic data for all listed ships. There is a small subscription which is very good value for money.
National Archives (UK) This link gives you access to the index to the National Archives. You can search for items in the archive though most of them are not available online. You could for example use discharge book no. or DOB and surname to find out what is available about a seaman. There are instructions on how to obtain copies. You are advised to check the index before visiting the library at Kew.
National Maritime Museum Collections You can view photos and various artefacts of nautical interest in the vast NMM collection online and order copies of photos and ships plans from this site
Naval History.Net This site contains a great deal of information of naval historical interest from WW1 through to the Falklands war.
Naval Social History - Circa 1793 - 1920 Website containing a large number of historical documents related to the Navy from the late 18th Century until the present. Included here are regulations, lists, circulars, a map of lighthouses around the UK and first hand accounts of the interception of a slave vessel.
Papers Past New Zealand website offering online access to several newspaper archives for the period 1839 to 1945. The service is free of charge.
Plimsoll Ship Data An invaluable resource holding scans of Llloyds Register entries for ships active between 1930 to 1945.
Recollections Accounts by ordinary people recollections who often found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Part of the Benjidog Historical Research Resources family of websites.
Ships in Service 1954 Bob Sanders has been compiling lists of ships that were in service with various British & Commonwealth companies that were in service in 1954 and has so far published lists from A through to N.
Ship Histories Histories of a selection of ships that are referred to in my Recollections website or were found to be of interest for other reasons. Part of the Benjidog Historical Research Resources family of websites.
The Ships List TheShipsList is a subscription website aimed at genealogical research. It contains over 3,500 free access pages including information about shipping companies, their fleets and individual ships.
Submarine Force Museum Website of the US Submarine Force Museum at Connecticut which houses the historic submarine Nautilus (SSN 571).
University of Leicester Access to a collection of online directories of various places of interest in family history research.
USS Hardhead (SS 365) Website dedicated to the submarine USS Hardhead and her crew. The site contains and excellent links page containing further resources about submarines and the US Navy in general.
USS James Monroe Association Website dedicated to the submarine USS James Monroe and her crew. The site contains an excellent links page containing further resources about submarines.