Welcome to the Allen Collection Website

Mr. W. Allen and his son Frank gathered this collection of about six thousand photos of mainly Merchant Navy ships over a period of 60 years. It was saved from obscurity by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make it available to everyone with an interest in Merchant Navy history.

The Allens catalogued most of the photographs and recorded details of the ships on the back. You can find out more by clicking on Site Information. There are many errors and gaps in the Allens' data - they did not have the internet to check things out. Over time the site is being enhanced with more accurate information and cleaned up images. Enhancements started in 2016 and it will be many years before completion.

  • Site Information takes you to the background of the collection and copyright information.
  • Resources takes you to the index of available material
  • Search takes you to tools to search any or all of the Benjidog Historical Research Resources websites
  • Benjidog Home takes you to the index for all the Benjidog Historical Research Resources website
  • Site Last Updated: 5 Jan 2020 - 4 new pages with data for BP Canadian Pacific Line and enhancements to 38 photos.