Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Shipping

 

Also see Passenger Arrival Records and Passenger Departure Records.

Also see Sailors.

Also see Ports and Harbours.

 

SHIPS

 

MIRAMAR SHIP INDEX

This website is an index of ships and their histories, covering iron and steel sailing ships, powered merchant ships (over 100 grt) and warships, since the early 19th century.

https://www.miramarshipindex.nz/

 

ANCESTRY - PASSENGER SHIPS AND IMAGES

This database is an index to passenger ships. For each ship listed in this database there is a description of it, containing such information as:

For about one thousand ships there will also be an image of the ship. This is either a photograph or artistic rendering.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/8944/

 

ANCESTRY - NEW YORK PORT, SHIP IMAGES, 1851-1891

This database is an index to images (photographs and artistic renderings) of ships that arrived from foreign ports at the port of New York from 1851 to 1891.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/8644/

 

BRITISH SHIPS

 

LLOYD'S REGISTER FOUNDATION HERITAGE AND EDUCATION CENTRE - LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPS ONLINE 1764-1994

Volumes of the Lloyd's Register of Ships are fully accessible and searchable online. These digitised registers can be searched by any of the fields such as ship name, master, ship owner or place of build.

The Registers for 1930-1945 were digitised as part of the Plimsoll ship data project by the Southampton City Libraries and Archives Services in conjunction with Lloyd's Register's Heritage and Education Centre. The fields can be searched by ship name(s), year of build and gross tonnage.

https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/lloyds-register-of-ships-online

 

GOOGLE BOOKS - LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPS

See Books.

 

THE INTERNET ARCHIVE - LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPS

https://archive.org/details/@lrfhec?&sort=-publicdate&page=2

 

FINDMYPAST - LLOYD'S REGISTER OF MERCHANT SHIPS INDEX 1843

This index was created from the 1843 Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping and includes over 14,000 names.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-records/lloyds-register-of-merchant-ships-index-1843

 

CREW LIST INDEX PROJECT

The site provides information about the records of British merchant seafarers of the late 19th and early 20th century as well as ships, and access to the CLIP maritime database.

https://www.crewlist.org.uk/

 

NAVAL SHIPS

 

AUSTRALIAN JOINT COPYING PROJECT - BRITISH ADMIRALITY RECORDS 1693-1893

The British Admirality records relating to Australia have been digitized and can be seen at the Australian Joint Copying Project. These include records of His or Her Majesty's ships from 1673 to 1893. See British Government.

 

AUSTRALIAN SHIPS

 

AUSTRALIAN JOINT COPYING PROJECT - CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRATION OF VESSELS REGISTERED AT PORTS IN AUSTRALIA. 1826-1854 (BT 107)

These include

See under British Government.

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORT MELBOURNE SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS 1839-1855 (B1231)

Register of British Ships: Main register prior to Merchant Shipping Act 1854, Port Melbourne. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORT MELBOURNE SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS 1855-1982 (A7609)

Register of British Ships: Main register subsequent to Merchant Shipping Act 1854, Port Melbourne. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORT MELBOURNE SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS, CONTINUATION REGISTER 1855-1981 (A7610)

Register of British Ships: Continuation register, Port Melbourne (The continuation registers are used to record any further transactions affecting the ownership of the vessels). This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORT MELBOURNE SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS, INDEX 1965-1982 (A7555)

Register of British Ships: Index by Name of Ship, Port Melbourne. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - GEELONG SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS 1855-1981 (A7552)

Register of British Ships: Main register, Port of Geelong. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORT FAIRY SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS 1854-1895 (A7553)

Register of British Ships: Main register, Port Fairy. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - PORTLAND SHIPPING REGISTRATION RECORDS 1961-1982 (A7554)

Register of British Ships: Main register, Port of Portland. This has been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

INTERNET ARCHIVE WAYBACK MACHINE, FLOTILLA AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING LINES

This website has information on Australian shipping lines including photographs. It also includes troop transport ships. Snapshot is dated 14 February 2022.

https://web.archive.org/web/20220214143527/http://flotilla-australia.com/

 

TROOPSHIPS

For troopships see Army Records.

 

INTERNET ARCHIVE WAYBACK MACHINE, FLOTILLA AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING LINES

This website has information on Australian shipping lines including photographs. It also includes troop transport ships. Snapshot is dated 14 February 2022.

https://web.archive.org/web/20220214143527/http://flotilla-australia.com/

 

NAVAL SHIPS

See Navy Records.

See Naval Militia Records.

 

FRIENDS OF CERBERUS - SHIPS OF THE VICTORIAN NAVY

This website includes Harbour Trust vessels, Customs vessels and government vessels.

http://www.cerberus.com.au/contemporary6.html

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - NAVY CREW AND SHIPS RECORDS

The following is Fact Sheet 31 from the National Archives of Australia.

https://www.naa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/fs-31-Navy-crew-and-ships-records.pdf

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - THE SINKING OF HMAS SYDNEY, NOVEMBER 1941

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia's worst naval disaster. The following is National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet 111.

https://www.naa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/fs-111-the-sinking-of-hmas-sydney-november-1941.pdf

 

GOVERNMENT SHIPS

 

FRIENDS OF CERBERUS - SHIPS OF THE VICTORIAN NAVY

This website includes Harbour Trust vessels, Customs vessels and government vessels.

http://www.cerberus.com.au/contemporary6.html


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - PORTS, SHIPS AND AIRPORT RECORDS

Records relate to the Port of Melbourne, Port of Geelong and Port of Portland. Other ports include Port of Western Port, Port of Anderson's Inlet, Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert, Port of Gippsland Lakes, Port of Snowy River, Port of Mallacoota, Port of Hastings and ports at Queenscliff, Barwon Heads, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Warrnambool. Also included are airports owned by the state government. Some records may be digitized.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/transport-victoria-1850s-present/ports-ships-airports-general

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - PORTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND AIRPORTS-PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS, PLANS, DESIGNS AND MAPS

These are state government records. Some records may be digitized.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/transport/visual-records-ports-ships-airports

 

SHIPPING REGISTERS

 

NEW SOUTH WALES RECORDS

Victoria was the Port Phillip District of the Colony of New South Wales from 1788 to 1851.

 

FAMILYSEARCH - NEW SOUTH WALES, INWARD SHIPPING LISTS 1837-1925

This includes an alpha-chronological index to ships arriving. Original records filmed at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, New South Wales.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/108357?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

ANCESTRY - NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, UNASSISTED IMMIGRANT PASSENGER LISTS, 1826-1922

These are provided in association with State Records Authority of New South Wales.

These are searchable and may be browsed.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/1210/

 

FINDMYPAST - AUSTRALIA ASSISTED EMIGRATION 1811-1856

These are provided in association with the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They include the following:

These are searchable and may be browsed.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/australia-assisted-emigration

 

VICTORIAN RECORDS

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - LISTS OF SHIPS CLEARED AND GOODS EXPORTED, AND ACCOUNTS OF OFFICERS AND COMPARATIVE TABLES, VICTORIA 1836-1844 (B4793)

These have been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INWARD SHIPPING INDEX 1839-1900 (VPRS 13)

This is an alphabetical index of shipping arrivals in Victorian ports. Each arrival of the ship is then listed in chronological order by date of arrival. Entries include name of vessel, tonnage, master, port of embarkation and date of arrival. It is not online.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - REGISTER OF INWARD SHIPPING (OVERSEAS AND INTERCOLONIAL PORTS) 1846-1852 (VPRS 22 Unit 29)

The register records the arrival of ships in the Port of Melbourne between January 1846 and December 1852. It appears to record the arrival of all ships, whether from British, foreign or intercolonial ports, during this period. Entries are listed chronologically by date of ship's arrival.

Basic information is given about each ship, its movements, passengers and cargo. Between January 1846 and October 1847 passengers are named. However it is not known how complete the lists are for each ship. When a distinction is made between cabin and steerage passengers the latter are rarely designated.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/E89C65EB-F1B1-11E9-AE98-7D9121803C53?image=1

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INWARD SHIPPING ARRIVALS 1880-1924 (VPRS 953)

This is a self indexing chronological record of ship arrivals at Victorian ports. Entries include name of vessel, tonnage, master, port of embarkation and date of arrival. It is not online.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - ALPHABETICAL CARD REGISTER OF SHIPPING OVERSEAS VESSELS 1930-1990 (VPRS 8003)

The registers contain brief information about each overseas vessel (tonnage, length, oil or coal burner), records arrival and departure dates, where berthed and for how long, charges made for port services and vessel's agent. It is not online.

 

FAMILYSEARCH - SHIPPING INDEX INWARDS, VICTORIA 1839-1924 (VPRS 13, 953)

The index is sourced from Public Record Office Victoria. It is an alphabetical index of all ships inwards to Victorian ports, cargo and passenger. The index gives name of vessel, tonnage, master, port of embarkation, and date of arrival.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/243085?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, SELECTED TRIAL BRIEF AND CORRESPONDENCE REGISTERS AND OTHER IMAGES, 1837-1993

These are provided by Public Record Office Victoria. These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range. They include:

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60672

 

AUSTRALIAN RECORDS

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - NAME INDEX OF SHIPS ARRIVING IN THE PORT OF MELBOURNE 1924-1964 (B4425)

These have been digitized.

https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

SHIPS' LOGS

 

LOG OF LOGS VOLUMES 1, 2 AND 3 BY IAN NICHOLSON

A catalogue of logs, journals, shipboard diaries, letters, and all forms of voyage narratives, 1788 to 1998, for Australia and New Zealand, and surrounding oceans.

https://zenodo.org/record/6901

 

ANCESTRY - ROYAL NAVY MEDICAL JOURNALS, 1817-1856

The journals in this database were kept by ships medical officers, who were required to keep a record of patients, treatments, and outcomes during a voyage. This collection includes 671 volumes. The majority are convict ships bound for Australia.The journals are searchable and may be browsed.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/2318/

 

FOLD3 - UK, ROYAL NAVY MEDICAL JOURNALS

This contains indexed images of medical journals from 19th-century British ships, including names of patients, other passengers and crew.The journals in this database were kept by ships’ medical officers, who were required to keep a record of patients, treatments, and outcomes during a voyage. This collection includes 671 volumes, each from a single ship and covering a particular time period. The majority are convict ships bound for Australia or Van Diemen’s Land.

https://www.fold3.com/publication/960/uk-royal-navy-medical-journals

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUDLAND MARITIME HISTORY ARCHIVE - CREW LISTS AND LOGBOOKS 1857-1942

The Maritime History Archive holds approximately 75 percent of the surviving crew lists (also called crew agreements) and official log books of British registered vessels for the periods 1857-1942 (predominantly 1863-1938) and 1951-1976. The crew lists and logbooks for voyages terminating in the years 1857-1942 are indexed and can be searched here. The crew lists for the years 1951-1976 have not been indexed.

https://mha.mun.ca/mha/holdings/searchcombinedcrews.php

 

ANCESTRY - ALL LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, CREW LISTS 1861-1919

This collection of crew lists held by the Liverpool Record Office includes records for 912 ships whose home port was registered as Liverpool, England. The lists contain information on ship voyages, crew members, and apprentices. Many of the records are grouped together as agreement booklets or ships' logs.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/2364/

 

ANCESTRY - DORSET, ENGLAND, CREW LISTS, 1863-1914

This database contains various crew lists for ships associated with Dorset ports. Log books are included.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/2211/

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - NAVY CREW AND SHIPS RECORDS

These include logbooks. The following is Fact Sheet 31 from the National Archives of Australia.

https://www.naa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/fs-31-Navy-crew-and-ships-records.pdf

 

BOATS

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - CORRESPONDENCE BOOK OF ASSISTANT TO INSPECTOR OF FISHERIES, PORT FAIRY 1913-1949 (VPRS 3366)

These include Fishing Licences and Boat Registrations.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS3366

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, SELECTED TRIAL BRIEF AND CORRESPONDENCE REGISTERS AND OTHER IMAGES, 1837-1993

These include Port Fairy Fisheries Correspondence 1913-1949 (VPRS 3366). These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range. These are provided by Public Record Office Victoria.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60672

 

NEWSPAPERS

Shipping arrivals and departures were reported in the newspapers. Additional information given may include details of the ship, date of arrival and departure, places the ship visited on the voyage as well as the further destination of the ship. Other information may include the ship's captain, crew and passengers (usually only cabin passengers are named) as well as the cargo. Problems occurring before and during the voyage may be reported before and after the ship's arrival. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

 

SHIPWRECKS

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY - AUSTRALASIAN UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE DATABASE

http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/underwater-heritage/auchd

 

VICTORIAN HERITAGE DATABASE - SHIPWRECKS

Search under "Browse Shipwrecks"

https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/

 

THE WRECK SITE

https://www.wrecksite.eu/

 

PETER STONE - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS

http://oceans1.customer.netspace.net.au/easw.html

 

BOOK

 

SHIPPING ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES, VICTORIAN PORTS VOLUME 1 1798-1845, VOLUME 2 1846-1855 AND VOLUME 3 1856-1860 BY MARTEN ADLINGTON SYME.

Separate lists of shipping movements have been compiled for Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Cape Otway, Apollo Bay, Western Port, Waratah Bay/Andersons Inlet, Wilson's Promontory, Sealers Cove, Corner Inlet/Welshpool, Port Albert and Gabo Island, chronologically sequenced, with details of vessel, master, ports of origin and destination, major cargo and passenger numbers. Compiled from newspaper reports, customs', pilot's and other government records and the records of other colonial ports, the list documents the activity of vessels containing immigrants, passengers between colonies, and the trade in wool, timber, coal and sundry merchandise. It is not online.

 

VICE-ADMIRALTY COURTS 1826-1988

These were for shipping disputes. This court was under the jurisdiction of the British Admiralty Court until 1911; the right of appeal was to this court. The court was abolished in 1911 and the Supreme Court of Victoria became the Colonial Court of Admiralty. In 1988 the Federal Court of Australia took over jurisdiction for admiralty and maritime issues. See Court Records.

 

MUSEUMS OF HISTORY NEW SOUTH WALES, STATE ARCHIVES COLLECTION - VICE ADMIRALITY COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES, 1787-1911 APPENDIX E CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SHIPS AND OTHER DEFENDANTS, 1826-1883

This list is based upon NRS 14493 Case papers, 1826-1911 (part) and references in all other extant Vice Admiralty Court records excluding the Index to Vice Admiralty Court papers.

https://mhnsw.au/guides/vice-admiralty-court-nsw-1787-1911/

 

SOCIETY

 

WORLD SHIP SOCIETY

This has a branch in Victoria.

http://www.worldshipsociety.org/

 

MUSEUMS

 

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH, ENGLAND

The National Maritime Museum contains the world's largest maritime library and archive collection.

https://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum

 

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

It is Australia's centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology.

https://www.anmm.gov.au/

 

MARITIME MUSEUMS OF VICTORIA

http://mmv.com.au/

 

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