Historical Links


All links on this page were checked in January 2023 but sites close or change their web addresses from time to time so if you spot any errors please let me know. Contact me via the MENU.

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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/Undersea Comms 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 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.
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.
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 House Flags & Funnels Digitised version of a 1912 Lloyd's publication - it is in colour and an excellent resource.
Lloyd's Register Foundation Ships, plans, survey reports, documents, Lloyd's Registers up to 1804 and loads more from the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre.
Marine Archeology Sea Trust Link is to a searchable database of Royal Navy losses dating back to 1512. The main site has many other resources.
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.
Memorial University of Newfoundland The University makes available online a number of versions of the Mercantile Navy List from 1868-1973.
Merchant Navy Nostalgia Merchant Navy reminiscences and photos covering many famous shipping lines.
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 C. 1793-1920 Link to Rootsweb 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 provided by Southampton City Council.
Recollections Accounts by ordinary people recollections who often found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Part of the Benjidog Historical Research Resources family of websites.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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