The Allen Collection

Allen Collection


Mr. W. Allen and his son Frank collected about six thousand photos of ships over a period of 60 years. When they died, the collection was offered to the Martello Tower/Museum at Pembroke Dock (shown above). The story of how the 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.
  • 7 November 2022: Updated information on the Allens and the Martello Tower Museum
  • 26 January 2023: Updated to use PHP and further improvement to support for handheld devices.
  • 18 February 2023: Redesigned to use full page width on desktops and improved table handling on handheld devices
  • 12 February 2024: Style changes and some tidying of text.

Brian Watson
12 February 2024