A majority of our maritime collections relating to vessels built in Aberdeen are now available to view online at www.aberdeenships.com
Aberdeenships.com contains over 3,000 records and is extremely useful if you are researching shipbuilding after 1811. Information for this website has been gathered from a variety of sources including our library of Lloyd's Register of Shipping, local resources and from verbal accounts of historical events and people who have been associated with the Shipyards of Aberdeen.
We have also digitized a large portion of our archives and offer hundreds of photographs of ships and other ship related content as well as short films of the shipbuilders at work dating back to the mid 20th century.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum has a long, though incomplete, run of Lloyd's Registers of Shipping between 1778 to 2008. The Registers list ships which were classified by Lloyds, noting the vessel's name, builder, year of construction, port of registry, ship master, dimensions and tonnage.
After 1850, records usually indicate engine sizes (where applicable), master's name and owner. The search engine is set to search by the name of the vessel. Therefore, users are not able to search by master, owner or builder.
What we do not have
Records of individual seamen/crew lists etc:
Public Record Office, The National Archives, Kew www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Vessels entering/leaving Aberdeen Harbour:
Aberdeen City Archives
Contains records for the years 1596-1700
Tel: + 44 (0) 1224 523129
Aberdeen Harbour Board
(19th century onwards)
Tel: + 44 (0) 1224 597000
Visit the 'Useful Links' page of the Aberdeen Built Ships Project for information on many more maritime museums and archives with information to assist your research.