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e-mail: macdonald.mike@planetinternet.be

These pages are being developed to give links to other archive, emigration and emigrant ships, enthusiast and company history, general shipping news, Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, naval warfare, photographers', ports' (including Arrivals, Departures, in Port), maritime researchers, ship type, shipbuilding and commercial shipping websites. Brief descriptions of the contents of the pages will be added. (Page updated 02 February 2003)

General Shipping News

High Tides (selected British Ports): http://www.digiserve.co.uk/ukfr/gbtide.htm

For up-to-date shipping news: http://www.clydesite.co.uk Latest Clyde and World shipping news, compiled from various sources.

Maritime Hotline (German language news site): http://www.gel-verlag.de/mhaktuell.pdf

Matters Marine: http://www.mattersmarine.co.uk/ (Try clicking on "Clydesite")

Mersey & Irish Sea shipping: http://www.merseyshipping.co.uk/ Includes current Irish Sea news stories, mainly ferries.

Wash Ports' shipping: http://www.geocities.com/east_coasters2001/home

Archive and Library sites

Directory of Archives in Australia: http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/asa/directory/asa_dir.htm

Guide to Business Archives in Australia: http://www.archivists.org.au/busrec/browse.htm

Australian Merchant Navy website, including WW2 experiences of Australian merchant ships: http://mns.ewebs.com/ "the history of Australian Merchant Navy's role, in the War of the Pacific from 1939-1946".

Burmeister & Wain (shipbuilders) history (Danish language):

http://www.kulturnet.dk/homes/gldok/udsillinger/Byen/b&wskibe.htm

For history of some Burns, Philp ships, including Bulolo (1938), see:

http://mns.ewebs.com/Burns_Philp/

English East India Company Ships: http://www.ships.clara.net/ Andrea Cordani's detailed history of the English East India Company's ships and seafarers.

Falkirk Museums' History Research Centre, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR, Scotland: e-mail: callendar.house@falkirk.gov.uk http://www.falkirkmuseums.org

Some records of the Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd., shipbuilders. There is also a shipping database containing information on locally-built ships.

Glasgow University Archives: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/ Written and photographic records of Clyde shipbuilding and shipping.

Historic Manuscripts Commission: http://www.hmc.gov.uk/nra/simple.htm for simple search under personal or corporate name

Liners Sunk: http://www.990mag.com/liners.htm Histories of liners sunk around the coasts of the British Isles, 1900-2000 (A-Z listing).

Maritiem Museum Prins Hendrik, Rotterdam:

(For the Museum Library, the URL is: http://www.maritiemmuseum.nl/ )

Maritime History on the Internet: http://www.ils.unc.edu/maritime/ Sources of information on maritime history.

Maritime History Virtual Archives: http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/ and click on link to "Maritime History Virtual Archives"

Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
Stiftung öffentlichen Rechts
Holstenwall 24, D 20355 Hamburg
info@HamburgMuseum.de
http://www.HamburgMuseum.de
fon ++49-(0)40-428412380 fax ++49-(0)40-428433103
Tue-Sa 10am-5pm, So 10pm-6pm, subway St. Pauli, bus 112

Museum of Wellington City & Sea (formerly Wellington Maritime Museum): http://www.bondstore.co.nz/maritime.htm

New Zealand Shipping Co & Federal Steam Navigation ships (including WW2 losses):

http://www.australiatrade.com.au/Shipping/History/index.htm and click on "Vessels".

Norwegian Merchant Fleet, 1939-1945: http://www.warsailors.com/materials/norfleet.html

History, in English, of the ships of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet during World War 2, including descriptions of losses. Linked pages deal with related subjects, e.g., Arctic Convoys, U-boats, Commerce Raiders, etc.

Orkney Islands Council, Photo Archivist, Orkney Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1NW, Orkney: http://194.217.118.81/services Collection of photographs includes Orkney shipping

P&O History and Archives website: http://www.p-and-o.com/POHistory/index.htm

Public Record Office: http://www.pro.gov.uk/index.htm

Pilot Global Ship Number System: http://www.marinetech.ncl.ac.uk:8000/Ship/

State Library of Victoria (Australia): http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ Many digital images of Australian ships, including early 20th century.

Tyne & Wear Archives: http://www.thenortheast.com/archives/ Written and photographic records of shipbuilders and shipping of the Tyne and Wear. e-mail: Twas@Gateshead.gov.uk

Union Steamship Co of New Zealand: A description of the Union S S Co. archives held by "Museum of Wellington City & Sea" is given at: http://www.nram.org.nz/e/130/a480.html

United States Naval Institute: http://www.usni.org/hrp/hrp.html

Described as "an archive of over 35,000 photographs (covering) U.S.Navy and U.S.Coast Guard vessels commissioned since 1883".

Vickers Photo Archive, The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness: www.dockmuseum.org.uk On the Dock Museum front page, click on The Dock Museum (or Enter) - click on "Collections" - click on "Vickers Photo Archive" - "Shipbuilding" - at "Enter keyword to search for", enter the name of a Vickers-built ship; e.g., Lady of Mann, Moreton Bay, Nova Scotia; thumbnails may/will appear, showing ships and their interiors - click on thumbnail to see enlarged image. 

Museum of Wellington City & Sea (formerly Wellington Maritime Museum): http://www.bondstore.co.nz/maritime.htm

Welsh Industrial & Maritime Museum (Hansen and other photographic collections):

Website: http://www.nmgw.ac.uk/industry/archive/

Emigration & emigrant ships

Try keying the term "emigrant ships" into an Internet search engine, e.g., Yahoo. This will bring up pages of possible websites. Some useful ones are:

Circassia (Barrow Shipbuilding Co., Barrow-in-Furness 1878). To see photograph:

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/r/u/Christian-A-Krupsha-PA/PHOTO/ and scroll down to "Steamship Circassia" (46kb) hyperlink; click on link.

Immigrant Ship Information: http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/amalfi/13/shipa.htm

Irish emigration: http://freespace.virgin.net/alan.tupman/sites/irish.htm

Online Sourcing of Australian Passenger Lists: http://www.users.on.net/proformat/auspass.html

Passenger Arrivals at Port Chalmers, NZ, 1848-1851: http://www.ngaiopress.com/drhocken.htm

Passenger List(s): http://web.ukonline.co.uk/sheila.jones/Passh-l.txt Passenger lists, Emigrants to New Zealand,1884 - 1910

The ShipsList Home Page: http://www.theshipslist.com/index.html Emigration to North America, Australia, New Zealand. This page includes some Passenger Lists.

For emigration to the United States, see the Ellis Island website:

http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/default.asp

Enthusiast sites

For quick access to (British) shipping company websites, try:

http://www.rmhh.co.uk/shipco.html or

http://www.mariners-l.freeserve.co.uk/ShipCompanyWebsites.html

Anglo-Saxon tankers (Norwegian flag), Gard and the: http://www.gard.no/Publish/gardnews/gn746/gn746.html The inter-war Norwegian-flag Anglo-Saxon tankers, insured by the Gard insurance company; includes fleet list and some vessel histories.

Arandora Star websites: http://www.carndonagh.com/arandora and

http://www.rossespoint.com/arandora_star.htm

Blue Star Line: http://bluestarline.org

Blue Star Line. Fraser (Darrah)'s Homepage. http://www.geocities.com/frasdarrah/marine/bluestar.html

Fraser Darrah's history of the Blue Star Line and its ships, including vessel descriptions of the ships on which he served, and colour photographs, and big range of hyperlinks to other maritime websites.

For Stuart Cameron's database of Clyde-built ships: http://www.clydesite.co.uk This gives access to Bruce Biddulph's "Clydesite"; the link to the database is near the top, right, of the home page. A comprehensive list of Clyde shipyards and the ships they built. Access by name of yard or shipname.

Coastal Shipping magazine: http://www.coastalshipping.co.uk webpage of Bernard McCall's authoritative bi-monthly magazine about coastal and short-sea shipping, including contents' list of the current and forthcoming issues.

Coasters of Britain: http://www.geocities.com/portoftruro/index.html Useful site of current British coaster fleet lists, with many digital pictures.

East Coasters: http://www.geocities.com/east_coasters2001/home Darren Green's Wash Ports website, including details of ships calling at King's Lynn, Wisbech, Port Sutton Bridge and Boston.

Johnson Line (Rederi AB Nordstjernan): http://w1.480.telia.com/~u48003271/Johnson.html Pär Carlgren's Swedish language illustrated history

ss Mary (Irvine & Co, West Hartlepool 1883/1,363grt, ex-Mary Lohden), left Seaham for Malmö, 16 February 1915, missing, presumed sunk: http://www24.brinkster.com/ssmary1915

Henrik Jonshammar's webpage about the loss of the ship on which his grandfather was chief mate.

Mersey & Irish Sea shipping: http://www.merseyshipping.co.uk/

Quaysides: www.quaysides.freeuk.com/ Patrick Hill's Hull and Humber ship photographs in digital form; fine photographs, and site regularly updated.

Riversea: www.zdf66.ukgateway.net/ George Robinson's selection of photographs of short-sea traders at ports and wharves on the Humber, Ouse and Trent. Plus Port of Goole Tide Times, Arrivals and Sailings, reviews of recent maritime publications, coaster histories, etc.

Teesships: http://www.teesships.freeuk.com/ Ron Mapplebeck's selection of digital ship photographs from the Tees and Humber, sometimes including small wharves.

The ShipsList Homepage: http://www.theshipslist.com/index.html Big site with list of historic shipping company ships, e.g., Blue Star Line, British India Steam Navigation Co., including companies involved in the 19th century emigrant trades to North America and Australia.

Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand:

http://www.nzshipmarine.com/

Urbiehome: www.ping.be/urbiehome/ : Urbain Ureel's pages of Belgian/European maritime news and history (in English)

Gert Van Vooren: "The Western Schelde": http://users.skynet.be/fa255533 Excellent contemporary digital photographs of shipping in the Gent-Terneuzen Canal and the Schelde Estuary.

World Ship Society: http://worldshipsociety.org/ is now the official World Ship Society website.

The URL http://www.cronab.demon.co.uk/ gives access to the Maritime History and Naval Heritage website, from which there are links to the World Ship Society (the leading ship enthusiasts' organisation), the Liverpool Nautical Research Society and the Plymouth Naval Base Museum, among others.

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Marine Accident Investigation Branch (Department for Transport):

http://www.maib.dft.gov.uk/

Maritime & Coastguard Agency: http://www.mcga.gov.uk/ Reports of maritime accidents around the British Isles.

Naval Warfare

Aircraft Carriers, British, WW2:

http://www.naval-history.net/WW2BritishShipsAircraftCarriers.htm

Armed Merchant Cruisers: http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/anf/amc.htm German text

Borgestad (1925) vs Admiral Hipper/Convoy SLS64, 12 Feb 1941: http://www.warsailors.com/materials/norfleetb2.html

Campaign Summaries, WW2: Balkans, Greece & Crete, 1939-1945:

http://www.naval-history.net/WW2CampaignsBalkans.htm

Canonesca (Workman & Clark 1920/8,286grt, Houlder Brothers) & Convoy HX72 http://www.canonesa.care4free.net/can1.html

Department of The Navy -- Naval Historical Center:

German Commerce Raiders WW2: http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozatwar/germanmines.htm

 http://british-forces.com/world_war2/Campaigns/german_commerceraiders.html

There are German language sites under the term "hilfskreuzer", e.g.,

http://home.t-online.de/home/jgust/hilfs_1.htm

Liberty (AGTR-5), ex-Simmons Victory:

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-l/agtr5.htm

Mikasa, Battleship (1902): http://www.hikyaku.com/gallery/english/mikasa.htm and

http://www.mindspring.com/~photon/kongo/mikasa.html

Norwegian Merchant Fleet, 1939-1945: http://www.warsailors.com/materials/norfleet.html Includes links to pages about Arctic Convoys, U-boats, Commerce Raiders, etc.

Operation "Torch": http://british-forces.com/world_war2/Navy/torch-naval.html  Full list of naval units which took part, including troopships

Prince of Wales, Battleship (Cammell, Laird 1941/35,000 tons, † 10 December 1941):

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-fornv/uk/uksh-p/pow12.htm U.S. Department of the Navy "Online Library of Selected Images: -- SHIPS of the BRITISH NAVY --" website, describing the career and loss of Prince of Wales by Japaese air attack.

"Rheinübung", Operation: http://www.german-navy.de/feature1.htm The Bismarck Action (English text).

Photographers

Terry Bolton: http://www.terryboltonships.50megs.com/

John Clarkson: http://www.shipsinfocus.f9.co.uk/

Andrew Denholm's ship photographs: http://www.denholma.freeserve.co.uk/ship/

Catalogue of Andrew Denholm's merchant and naval ship photographs.

Iain G.B. Lovie's Ship Photographs: http://www.ship-photos.com/rtfs/gbr1.rtf

Catalogue of Iain's British merchant ship photographs

Jim Prentice: http://uk.geocities.com/jprentice23/index.html

e-mail: jprentice23@yahoo.co.uk

Orkney Islands Council, Photo Archivist, Orkney Library, Laing Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1NW, Orkney: http://194.217.118.81/services Collection of photographs includes Orkney shipping

United States Naval Institute: http://www.usni.org/hrp/hrp.html

Described as "an archive of over 35,000 photographs (covering) U.S.Navy and U.S.Coast Guard vessels commissioned since 1883".

Gert Van Vooren: "The Western Schelde": http://users.skynet.be/fa255533 Excellent contemporary digital photographs of shipping in the Gent-Terneuzen Canal and the Schelde Estuary.

Vickers Photo Archive, The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness: www.dockmuseum.org.uk On the Dock Museum front page, click on The Dock Museum (or Enter) - click on "Collections" - click on "Vickers Photo Archive" - "Shipbuilding" - at "Enter keyword to search for", enter the name of a Vickers-built ship; e.g., Lady of Mann, Moreton Bay, Nova Scotia; thumbnails may/will appear, showing ships and their interiors - click on thumbnail to see enlarged image. 

Ports

High Tides (selected British Ports): http://www.digiserve.co.uk/ukfr/gbtide.htm

Aberdeen Harbour: http://www.aberdeen-harbour.co.uk/shipping/ Aberdeen Harbour's daily vessels in-port report, and arrivals/sailings.

Antwerp Arrivals/Departures/Expected/in Port: http://www.sss.be/Site/Static/SSS/exp_antw.htm

Associated British Ports (ABP) news pages: http://www.abports.co.uk/news/ ABP's Press Releases on port development and financial activities. Good for information about small ports and short-sea activity, e.g., "Port of Teignmouth handles longest-ever vessel" (14 March 2001).

Clydeport: http://www.clydeport.co.uk/

http://www.clydesite.co.uk For up-to-date digital images of ships on the Clyde. Also lists times of high tides, vessels expected and ships in port.

Gand/Gent/Ghent Ships Expected/in Port: http://www.portofgent.be/

For Port of Goole high tides, recent shipping movements, and digital images of ships: www.zdf66.ukgateway.net/

Harwich/Ipswich: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~marine2/ships_expected.htm

Rotterdam, Port of: http://www.portofrotterdam.com/UK/Shipinfo/expected.asp

Saimaa Canal: http://www.fma.fi/saimaacanal/

Maritime Researchers

Datamarine: http://www.beavis.co.uk/dtamrn.htm

Ships Types

Damen Combi Freighter 19.500GÒ :

http://www.student-techniek.nl/bedrijven/damen_down.html Full technical description of Carisbrooke Shipping's Greta C/Dina C (2002)-type (in Dutch)

T2 Tankers of WW2:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Campus/3415/t2tanker-nf.html

Tankers Built during WW2: http://www.usmm.org/tankers.html

Troop Transports, Australian: http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/~rmallett/Transports.html

List of merchant ships used as troop transports by the Commonwealth of Australia during WWI, including fates, and includes photograph of HMAT Warilda (Beardmore 1912/7,785grt, Adelaide S.S.Co.), which was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine in the English Channel, 3 August1918.

World War 1 Standard Types:

http://www.mariners-l.freeserve.co.uk/WWlStandardBuilt.htm#Shipindex includes some particulars of, including builder, tonnage, and brief vessel histories

Shipbuilding

Breko: http://www.breko.com/

Cassens Werft, Emden: http://www.cassens-werft.de/ Brief history (English-version) of Cassens Werft, and the URL gives access to particulars of Cassens' current vessel range.

Conoship: http://www.conoship.com/ Website of the Dutch Conoship International shipbuilders' group. Digital images of Conoship Group's current range of ship types, etc. English language version available. e-mail: conoship@conoship.com

Damen Shipyards, Bergum: http://www.damen-bergum.nl/ Digital images and full particulars of Damen Shipyards' current types, e.g., "Damen Combi Freighter 2400".

IHDA Shipbuilding Service: http://www.ihda.nl/ Full list and digital images of IHDA-designed short-sea/river-sea vessels.

Motor Ship Links, The: http://www.motorship.com/ The Motor Ship (periodical)'s hyperlinks to a range of shipbuilding and shipping websites. Also gives access to summaries of key articles in The Motor Ship.

Office of Naval Research Europe (U.S.). Manufacturing & Ship Production Newsletter #22: http://www.ehis.navy.mil/bunch/hbnews22.htm "The Netherlands' Unique Shipbuilding Industry"; report of a visit to several Dutch shipyards in 1998.

Peene Werft, Wolgast: http://www.peene-werft.de/

J J Sietas: http://home.t-online.de/home/josef.nuesse/63.htm Josef Nuesse's excellent digital portraits of recent Sietas ship types, including vessel particulars.

Commercial shipping companies

Ahrenkiel Group: http://www.ahrenkiel.net/ Brief description of the company founded in April 1950 by Christian Friedrich Ahrenkiel; current fleet list (container ships, chemical tankers, including picture and full particulars of Multitank Britannia, 1996).

Arpa Shipping BV: http://www.arpa-shipping.nl/ Fleet list of Dutch owned and managed river-sea traders. Some company information also available.

B&N Nordsjöfrakt: http://www.bn.se/ List of bulk and ro-ro ships managed by Dutch-Swedish shipmanagement group, with current vessel positions.

Baltic Forest Line (Pohlgruppe): http://www.pohlgruppe.de/ Includes full particulars of current vessels, suitable for container, grain, Saimaa and other short-sea trades.

Brise Schiffahrt Hamburg: http://brise.de/ German version (English version also available) of German shipping company website, including fleet list.

Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd: http://www.carisbrookeshipping.net/CharteringIndex.htm Fleet list, giving particulars of vessels and digital images.

The Crescent Group: http://www.crescentplc.com/ Crescent Shipping plc's website, including company news items.

The John T. Essberger history: http://www.rantzau.de/ : Chronology (in English) of the German tanker company John T. Essberger, founded 1924, now part of the Rantzau Group. For information about current fleet, see the Transocean Shipmanagement

website: www.tr-ocean.de/

F T Everard: http://www.ft-everard.com/

Farstad Shipping ASA: http://www.darrahd.fsnet.co.uk/

Feederlines: http://www.feederlines.nl/

Feederlink (Irish Continental Group): http://www.icg.ie/

James Fisher & Sons: http://www.james-fisher.co.uk/

Geest North Sea Line: http://www.dunelmpr.co.uk/ Press releases about current activities of Dutch feeder container company which trades between Rotterdam and UK/Irish ports.

JR Shipping BV: http://www.jrshipping.nl/en/ Full technical particulars of this small modern Dutch fleet; vessels built by Tille Scheepsbouw Kootstertille BV and Scheepswerf Bijlsma Lemmer BV of the Conoship International Group.

Hartmann Rederei: http://www.hartmann-reederei.de/

R Lapthorn Shipping, Ltd: http://www.lapthorn.co.uk/

Leafe & Hawkes Ltd., Shipbrokers: http://www.leafeandhawkes.com/

Lys-Line (Norwegian): http://www.lysline.no/ History and current fleet list of Norwegian short-sea liner trades' company.

Marin Ship Management & Flagship Management Co: http://www.mfmarinedivision.nl/

List of managed ships, including current "positions". There is also an illustrated list of Marin-managed ships in De Blauwe Wimpel, June 2002, pps234-237.

Maritramp Shipping Services: http://www.maritrampshipping.com.cy/ Website of river-sea company trading from Rhône ports; fleet list with vessel descriptions.

Polish Steamship Company (PZM): www.polsteam.com.pl/ Pages include history (in English) of the Polish Steamship Company and an interesting and useful list of the company's fleet from its foundation in 1951.

RMS (Rhein-Maas-See): http://www.rheinmaas.de/

Royal Amasus Hansen: http://www.rah-shipping.com/ Dutch ship Managers/Agents, including full list of managed vessels and their current/recent positions.

Scotline: http://www.scotline.co.uk/

Scottish Ship Management: http://www.freezone.co.uk/ssm/ships.html

Teamlines: http://www.teamlines.fi/ Fleet list of Finnish feeder container company, trading U.K./North Continent to Baltic ports.

UniFeeder Container Service: http://www.unifeeder.com/

Anders Utkilens Rederei AS, Bergen:

http://www.norwegian-shipping.com/company/autkilen.html Brief description of company which operates chemical tankers north-west Europe, including UK ports.

Wijnne & Barends: http://www.wijnne-barends.nl/ Illustrated fleet list of short-sea and river-sea vessels, operating in the forest products' and other trades.

Charles M. Willie & Co. (Shipping) Ltd.: http://www.williegroup.co.uk/

Paal Wilson (of Bergen): www.wilsonship.no/ Fleet list, brief history, and digital images of the vessels of the Norwegian short-sea fleet.

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Ó Mike Macdonald, 2000-2002. Page last modified: 02 February 2003