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Useful Historical Links

Yachting Historians
The Association of Yachting Historians has been established by a group of interested yacht clubs.

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Mariners
Useful information on how to trace ships and seamen, mailing list for enquiries.

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The National Archives, Kew
Holds national government records including those of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (registration of large yachts, merchant vessels and seamen, some crewlists), Emigration, Royal Navy, Customs, Coastguard etc.

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National Maritime Museum
Holds some crewlists, Lloyds Captains register, prints and pictures, naval vessels.

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The Guildhall Library
Manuscripts section holds Lloyds Captain’s register, Trinity House records; Library holds Lloyds List.

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Lloyds Register
Reference Library holds copies of Lloyds Register of Shipping, of Yachts, of American Yachts.

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Isle of Wight Record Office
Holds local government and other records for the Isle of Wight, including Cowes registered vessels.

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Memorial University of Newfoundland (library)
Holds some crewlists.

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Portsmouth Museums and Records Service
Record Office holds some crewlists for Cowes registered vessels (and Portsmouth).

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Southampton City Archives
Holds some seamen’s records (early 20th century), Southampton registered vessels, crewlists.

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The Family Records Centre
Holds Birth Marriage and Death records, census (include some ships in port).

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America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Herreshoff Marine Museum
America’s Cup Racing History.

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Classic Boat Museum, Newport, Isle of Wight
Collection of yachting books and magazines and other archival material (as well as boats).

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A Timeline of Ships, Boats and Yachts
A boating history page.

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