First published in the 18th Century, Lloyd’s Registers of Shipping are a remarkable source of historical information on commercial shipping and merchant vessels.
Each Register is an annual list of vessels giving details such as tonnage, dimensions, date and location of building, as well as names of owners, shipbuilders and masters, current at the time of publication. Though built in 1843, mysteriously, the ss Great Britain is not listed until the 1880s.
The Brunel Institute’s collection of Lloyd’s Registers of Shipping dates back to 1840.
The collection also includes reprints of early Lloyd’s Registers between 1741 and 1816, as well as Lists with details of shipping movements not always included in the Registers.
The second volume of the1905-06 Register is the appendix for this year’s Register. This volume provides a list of ship owners and managers including Charles Hill & Sons which was still running the Great Western Dockyard when the ss Great Britain returned to Bristol in 1970.