Welcome to the Allen Collection Website

Allen Collection

You can view these resources on a smartphone if you wish but you need a tablet, laptop or workstation to do justice to much of the content.

Mr. W. Allen and his son Frank collected about six thousand photos of ships over a period of 60 years. The story of how their collection was saved from obscurity or destruction by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make it available to everyone with an interest in Merchant Navy history is told on the Background to Collection page. The website first went live in 2007.

The Allens catalogued most of the photographs under shipping companies and recorded basic details of the ships on the backs. They did their best in the days before the Internet but we have found many errors and gaps in their data. Over time the site is being enhanced with more accurate information and I am cleaning up the images. These enhancements started in 2016 and it will be many years before they are completed.

What's New?

  • 29 August 2020: Site updated to improve appearance of large tables on handheld devices and computers with smaller screens.

Brian Watson
29 August 2020



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