Information on this page will help you research Southampton's links to the sea. 

Southampton archives

Central index of merchant seamen

Maritime and local collections: ships and shipping are a major theme of these collections, including photographs, paintings, drawings, prints and ship models.

Portcities Southampton

Historic Environment Record (HER)

Oral history: this archive includes interviews and projects relating to the maritime history of local communities in Southampton.

Heritage Gateway

Available from the local studies library:

  • Mercantile Navy Lists. 1857 - 1976: This source contains similar information to Lloyd's Register, but only covers British ships. Importantly, it includes ships of fewer than 100 tons, which are usually excluded from Lloyd's
  • Board of Trade enquiries into Wrecks. 1876 - 1972: These volumes contain reports of enquiries into British ship wrecks in a given year
  • Other registers include Talbot Booth's Merchant Ships, and its successor Jane's Merchant Ships and Lloyd's Register of Yachts
  • Information on the Titanic

Maritime Archaeology Trust 

The Merchant Navy: wrecks, losses and casualties

National Maritime Museum