Monday, 9 March 2015

Lloyd's of London at the Guildhall Library

This isn't new but is new to me.

A major collection was deposited at London's Guildhall Library by Lloyd’s of London in May 1979. It offers maritime and family historians information on ships’ details, shipping movements and shipping news and casualties from 1741 to the present day. There's very little about crew or passengers, and information on insurance or cargo is rare.

The collection includes an almost complete set of Lloyd’s Register from 1764 onward and Lloyd’s List 1741-present, with indexes to its record of vessel movements covering 1837-1975. In addition, volunteers have created a unique Index to Lloyd's List Marine News and Casualties for the period 1741-1837.

You may find some of these Lloyd's publications at a major library closer to you.

The following information at http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/collections/Pages/Maritime-history.aspx may be helpful to consult:

Captain Cook bibliography (81KB)
Casualty returns reports (90KB)
Immigration records in Australia and New Zealand (100KB)
Immigration records in North America(104KB)
Lloyds List indexes (91KB)
Lloyds photocopying (61KB)
Marine sources at Guildhall Library (124KB)
Mignonette references (77KB)
Passenger and crew lists (108KB)
RMS Titanic (93KB)
Shipping loss information (106KB)
UK shipwreck computer index (61KB)
Useful addresses for maritime research(66KB)
Voyage Record Cards (333KB)
Voyage Record Cards and Port abbreviations  (382KB)

Guildhall Library actively collects supporting materials on maritime history which you can find on the library catalogue.

The Lloyd’s Captains’ Registers are currently held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Ancestry or Find My Past are useful for digitised sources of information on seamen held at the national Maritime Museum, the National Archives and the Registry of Shipping and Seamen; but for the original records you should contact them directly.​

1 comment:

Jill Ball said...

I think I'll be visiting the Guldhall Libray on my next trip to London. Thanks John.