Links and Research Information

Regional Shipping 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.

Area Web Link Description of Content
Australia Australian Shipwrecks An encyclopaedia covering Australian shipwrecks and other maritime incidents in the region and information about purchasing a book version of the information which is more extensive in coverage.
Australia Flotilla Australia Historical information and pictures with a focus on Australian shipping lines
Australia Navy Website of the Royal Australian Navy
Great Lakes Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping The 'Boatnerd' site has lots of information about the Great Lakes and Seaway shipping including photo galleries and ships in transit.
Great Lakes Great Lakes Maritime Database This Great Lakes Maritime Database was initially funded by the Library of Michigan in 2005 with a collaborative grant by Alpena County Library and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It contains the 19th century C. Patrick Labadie collection as well as an ever growing collection of 20th century data and pictures.
Great Lakes Marine Historical Society of Detroit This site contains a number of photos of ships from the Great Lakes area. It also offer various publications and calendars.
Ireland Irish Shipwrecks Database A searchable database of shipwrecks on and around the Irish Coast. The material on this site has been obtained from original sources such as Admiralty and Board of Trade Wreck Returns, The Life Boat Journal, Lloyd's List and contemporary newspapers rather than from recently published books or other maritime websites.
New Zealand New Zealand Coastal Shipping Site dedicated to NZ coastal shipping in its final few years of conventional operation. By conventional they mean “small ships that looked like ships, had things called masts and derricks, put cargo in holds instead of metal boxes”
UK Berwick on Tweed Berwick Shipyard Site dedicated to shipbuilding on the River Tweed with comprehensive information about the yard and the ships produced there by Billy Swan of Dunfermaline.
UK Fleetwood Lancs. The Bosun's Watch Site dedicated to the history, ships, people etc. of the Fleetwood fishing fleet
UK Goole Shipping of Goole An archive of ships built or owned in the Port and Town of Goole
UK Leith Leith Shipyards Website about shipbuilding, ships and the sea with especial regard to the shipyard of Henry Robb at Leith
UK North-East North East Maritime Website for all shipping enthusiasts covering the UK coastline from Berwick to Grimsby.
UK Norwich George Plunkett's Photographs A collection of photos taken by the site owner's father over a period of 75 years including the town, the river and much more. Good quality and very interesting.
UK Portsmouth Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Website dedicated to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.
UK Portsmouth Mary Rose Museum Official website of the Mary Rose Museum
UK Portsmouth HMS Victory Official website of HMS Victory
UK Portsmouth HMS Warrior Official website of HMS Warrior
UK River Clyde Clyde Maritime Portal Shipping movements – arrivals and departures – for vessels on the Clyde, along with listings for Cruise Ships visiting Greenock.
UK River Clyde Puffers and VICs This is part of the Clyde Maritime website dedicated to to Clyde 'Puffers and VICs' - VICs being Victualling Inshore Craft - powered lighters built in WW2.
UK River Tees Tees Built Ships This web site aims to present the vital information and the careers of all vessels built by the shipyards of the River Tees, Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Whitby.
UK River Thames Voices from the hidden history of the Thames Information about the Thames around the Royal Docks area and access to sound recordings of local people
UK River Thames Where Thames Smooth Waters Glide An impressive site with a vast amount of information and photos, past and present, about the Thames from its source to the estuary with many interesting articles and photos.
UK River Thames Thames Tugs Photos and information about Thames ship handling and lighterage tugs including logs of vessels that went to Dunkirk
UK River Tyne Tyne Built Ships A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built.
UK River Tyne Tyne Tugs and Tug Builders Site dedicated to the tugs, tug builders and ship owners who operated these tugs.
UK River Wear Sunderland Built Ships Vital information and careers of all vessels built by the shipyards of Sunderland and upstream sites on the River Wear, with photographs of ships and shipyards where available. It is still very much "work in progress", so far recording over 7000 vessels and their histories.
UK Scotland Scottish Built Ships This web site aims to present the vital information and the careers of all vessels built by the shipyards of Scotland. It is very much a "work in progress", so far recording over 35,000 vessels and their histories. In addition, it is planned to add brief histories of each shipbuilder.
UK Solway Firth Solway Shipping Website dedicated to shipping in the Solway Firth including shipping movements, tide tables, weather, photos and historical information.
UK Sunderland The Sunderland site This is part of Peter Searle’s Websites - the link will take you to a section of the site about Sunderland with many pages of information about the history of Sunderland and the ships built there. Some very interesting content but be prepared to search around. Several Doxford pages are included.