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Shipping records

Shipping registers and indices for the Port of Plymouth

Shipping register indices

Accession number Index name Covering dates
2602/1 Index to the Plymouth Shipping Registers 1814 to 1815, 1817 to 1876
1904/1 Index to the Plymouth Shipping Registers in accession 894 1824 to 1876
2381/1 Shipping register index, Port of Plymouth, alphabetical by name of vessel 1836 to 1975
2381/2 Shipping register index, Port of Plymouth, alphabetical by name of vessel 1881 to 1987
1904/2 Index to Devon ship crew lists held at Devon Record Office, Exeter, alphabetical by owner 1863 to 1914
1904/3 Index to Devon ship crew lists held at Devon Record Office, Exeter, alphabetical by master 1863 to 1914
1904/4 Index to Devon ship crew lists held at Devon Record Office, Exeter, alphabetical by ship name, with port and year of registration, and tonnage 1863 to 1914

Shipping registers and copy shipping registers

The covering dates given are for the first registration of each ship.

Additional entries, eg for change of ownership or ship's destiny may fall outside these dates, as is also the case with Transaction registers.

Note: There is an overlap on most microfilms where the film does not end at the last entry for each register book.

Accession number Register details Covering dates
2602/2 Copy of the original shipping register 1814
2602/3 Copy of the original shipping register 1815
2602/4 Copy of the original shipping register 1817
2602/5 Copy of the original shipping register 1818
2602/6 Copy of the original shipping register 1819
2602/7 Copy of the original shipping register 1820
894/1 (Microfilm 1) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1824 to 1825
894/2 (Microfilm 1) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1825 to 1826
894/3 (Microfilm 1) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1826 to 1831
894/4 (Microfilms 1 to 2) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1831 to 1836
2381/13 to 114 Shipping registrations, giving details of changes of name, ownership, and builders. Includes details on the sinking of some vessels by German submarines during the First World War 1833 to 1922
894/5 (Microfilm 2) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1836 to 1839
894/6 (Microfilm 2) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1840 to 1844
894/7 (Microfilm 3) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1844 to 1850
894/8 (Microfilm 3) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1850 to 1854
894/9 (Microfilm 4) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1854 to 1855
894/10 (Microfilm 4) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed), new format with additional particulars for steamers 1855 to 1860
894/11 (Microfilm 4) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed), new format with additional particulars for steamers 1860 to 1865
894/12 (Microfilm 5) Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed), new format with additional particulars for steamers 1866 to 1876
2907/1 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1877 to 1885
2907/2 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master (indexed) 1885 to 1896
3048/1 to 836 Shipping registrations, giving details of changes of name, ownership, and builders 1892 to 1994
2907/3 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1896 to 1912
2907/4 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1912 to 1926
2907/5 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1927 to 1953
2907/6 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1953 to 1962
2907/7 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1962 to 1968
2907/8 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1968 to 1970
2907/9 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1970 to 1973
2907/10 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1973 to 1975
2907/11 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1975 to 1979
2907/12 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1979 to 1980
2907/13 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1980
2907/14 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1980 to 1981
2907/15 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1981 to 1983
2907/16 Shipping register, giving details for each ship, when and where built, dimensions, owner and master 1983 to 1987

For current shipping register information, please contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Registry of Shipping and Seamen, MCA Cardiff, Anchor Court, Ocean Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 5JW, Telephone: 029 20448800, Fax: 029 20448820.


Shipping registers on CD ROM

A CD is now available called 'Plymouth's Other Fleet, The Merchant Shipping Registers of the Port of Plymouth, 1814 to 1876'. The information for the CD was researched using the registers listed below. It can be purchased for £18 from the Plymouth Merchant Ships website.


Fishing vessels registers

Accession number Register details Covering dates
2196/1 to 4 Crew lists and fishing boat agreements for the following vessels: "Endeavour", 1863; "Maria", 1864 and "Fred Archer", 1913 1863 to 1913
2805/1 Register of fishing vessels, (indexed) 1936 to 1973
2805/2 Register of fishing vessels, (indexed) 1973 to 1979
2805/3 Register of fishing vessels, (indexed) 1979 to 1981
2805/4 Register of fishing vessels, (indexed) 1981 to 1988
2805/5 Register of fishing vessels, (indexed) 1988

Transaction registers

Accession number

Register details Covering dates
894/13 (Microfilm 5) Transaction register for vessels registered 1825 to 1855 (part indexed) 1843 to 1918
2907/17 Transaction register (indexed) 1855 to 1905
2907/18 Transaction register (indexed) 1841 to 1949


Transfer books

Accession number Register details Covering dates
2907/19 Transfer book 1935 to 1987
2907/20 Transfer book 1962 to 1987
2907/21 Transfer book 1987 to 1989
2907/22 Transfer book 1990 to 1994


Appropriation books

Accession number Register details Covering dates
2381/3 Appropriation book, for official numbers granted to British registered ships, with name of ship, tonnage, port of registration, date and occasion of appropriation 1855 to 1972
2907/23 Appropriation book, for official numbers granted to British registered ships, with name of ship, tonnage, port of registration, date and occasion of appropriation 1972 to 1992

Tonnage book

Accession number
Register details Covering dates
2381/4 Tonnage book, vessels named 1972 to 1992


Cargo book

Accession number Register details Covering dates
2381/7 Cargo book, with port of arrival, including Plymouth, Cardiff, Southampton, London and Bristol, dates of departure and cargoes shown 1915 to 1967

Harbour master's registers

Accession number Register details Covering dates
81R/10/2/1 Account book, Sutton Pool [Sutton Harbour] (lists vessels entering Sutton Pool) December 1771 to December 1772
581/1 Arrivals, dockings, undockings and sailings, HM Ships book 1782 to 1817
581/2 Arrivals, dockings, undockings and sailings, HM Ships book 1802 to 1834
581/3 Transactions book, Harbour Master. Gives weather reports for each day September 1838 to March 1845
581/4 Transactions book, Harbour Master April 1845 to February 1852
581/5 Transactions book, Harbour Master February 1852 to June 1858
581/6 Transactions book, Harbour Master July 1858 to April 1865
581/7 Transactions book, Harbour Master January 1874 to October 1882
581/8 Transactions book, Harbour Master November 1882 to June 1891
581/9 Letter Book, Harbour Master July 1838 to July 1850
581/10 Letter Book, Harbour Master April 1857 to November 1877
581/11 Letter Book, Harbour Master June 1889 to July 1894
581/12 Letter Book, Harbour Master July 1894 to November 1900

For current day information see the Queen's Harbour Master, Plymouth website.


Immigration, emigration, ship's log books and passenger lists

There are no immigration or emigration records held in the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. These records are held in the National Archives in London. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has produced a good information leaflet on the subject. There are also a number of good websites including the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild and the Perth Dead Peoples Society.

The only ship's log books and passenger lists held in the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office are listed below. A small number of journals and diaries are also held. An example is listed below. The accession number links to the catalogue entry on our online catalogue.

Accession Number Details Covering dates
335/4 Ship's log (with some maps and illustrations), HMS Racer 1885 to 1889
528/1 to 2 Ship's logs and passenger lists, Prince of Wales, (1858 to 1865) and Walmer Castle, (1861 to 1862) 1858 to 1868
216/5 Journal of Midshipman M Allenby aboard HMS Anson on voyages from Plymouth to Spain and Ireland November 1891 to March 1893

Further details of other shipping related records we hold can be found by searching our online catalogue.

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