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The Library has many items relating to ships in its collection. Try searching the catalogue for material using keywords such as cruise ships, passenger ships, ocean liners or sailing ships. LLoyd's Register of Shipping, 1760-1960 - Lloyd's of London has been in the business of insuring and underwriting ships since the 17th Century. Their registers of shipping give details of vessels including the owners and builders and voyages undertaken. There are several publications covering different time periods. For a complete list view the catalogue.The following is an example of materials that can be found via the catalogue or via links to websites.
Log of Logs: a catalogue of logs, journals, shipboard diaries, letters, and all forms of voyage narratives, 1788 to 1988, for Australia and New Zealand and surrounding oceans - a three volume set by Ian Nicholson lists where to find information about voyages by ship to our region. For example, it gives the Australian Joint Copying Project microfilm reel numbers for surgeons’ journals and captains’ logs. All three volumes should be consulted.
Australian cruise ships
Australian migrant ships, 1946-1977
British passenger liners of the five oceans
Coast to coast: the great Australian coastal liners
Emigrant ships to luxury liners: passenger ships to Australia and New Zealand, 1945-1990
The great liners : P&O Orient ships on the Australian trade
The long haul : ships on the England-Australian run
Migrant ships to Australia and New Zealand 1900 to 1939
Passenger ships of Australia and New Zealand
The SITMAR liners: past and present
Australia & New Zealand - this site describes some of the main sources of information on ships bound for Australia and New Zealand. It includes links to ships' pictures, passenger lists, crew lists and convict sites.
The Convict Ships, 1787-1868 this guide by Charles Bateson is considered to be the definitive guide to Australia's period of transportation. All convict voyages are listed with dates of departure and arrival, number of convicts on board, number of deaths occurring on the voyage, names of the captain and surgeon, as well as information on the age, size, class etc. of each vessel. Background information is also given about what life was like on board a convict ship for both crew members and convicts.
The Library holds a large collection of ship images which can be located in several ways:
Ship Index – this Card Catalogue is in the Genealogy Centre on the 3rd floor. It indexes images of ships appearing in the Library's collection of ship albums, books and magazines. The ship albums contain a wonderful selection of old postcards and photographs of a variety of passenger ships. Volumes can be ordered at the 3rd floor enquiry desk and viewed in the Leah Jane Cohen Reading Room on the 3rd floor.
Ship Index – this Online Catalogue is a continuation of the Ship Index card catalogue above. Searching the catalogue under a broad heading such as passenger ships will give you the option to Modify Search. You can then limit your search to Ships under Material Type.
Pictorial Collection - the Pictorial Collection card catalogue is located on the 3rd floor and contains many references to ships, personal names, places and topics. The reference numbers on the cards relate to the bound volumes of photocopied images shelved opposite the catalogue.
Pictorial Collection - some images from the Pictorial Collection can be found in the Library's online catalogue. Some images have been digitised and will appear in the catalogue record. Alternatively it will refer to the bound volumes of photocopied images held in the Library on the 3rd floor.
TROVE Pictures, Photos, Objects - this site, formerly known as Picture Australia, has digitised images from archives and libraries in Australia and New Zealand. All of the State Libraries, together with organisations such as the National Archives of Australia and the Australian National Maritime Museum, have large collections of digitised ship images which are featured here.
The Ships List - this website includes images and descriptions of ships and also has illustrations of ships' rigging, making it easy to identify a brig from a barque or a barquentine.The website includes passenger lists for Australia and New Zealand as well as for the United States, Canada and elsewhere.