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Lloyd's Register of Shipping

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  • Title Lloyd's Register of Shipping 
    Repository Liverpool Maritime Museum 
    Source ID S162 

  •  Notes 
    • Lloyd's Register of Shipping - Lloyd’s Register is now a registered charity. It was formed as a society in the 18th century to draw up rules regarding the construction of merchant ships. The register is an annual list, by ship's name, of merchant ships that meet Lloyd's specifications and are sound and seaworthy. It gives type of vessel, master's name, size, tonnage, owners, where and when built. The earliest surviving issue is dated 1764. With a few gaps, copies exist almost continuously from 1775. Listings from 1876 include all British merchant ships over 100 tons, and from 1890 all merchant ships over 100 tons worldwide. From 1775 editions were 'posted' with casualties, often explaining the fate of a ship, such as 'foundered', 'condemned', 'collision', and sometimes with dates.