First and Famous

As part of our wider digitisation project, we have undertaken a pilot project named 'First and Famous'. We have compiled a list of 100 ships (and counting) classed by LR from the 19th and 20th century. These ships are significant in terms of design, technological advances, historic importance, or just ships everyone has heard of that we've classed. The project was completed in August 2016. To commemorate the occasion, the Heritage & Education wrote a blog on the catalogued archived material for the 'First and Famous' ships.

First of their kind:

  • Fullagar, built in 1920 was the first fully welded ocean-going ship. She was classed +100A1 with the note, 'Electrically Welded, Subject to Biennial Survey - Experimental'. 
  • William Holyman, completed in 1961 was one of the first classed ships specifically designed to carry container cargoes.
  • Beldis, built in Newcastle in 1924 and was the world's first heavy lift ship.

And also the famous ships:

  • Mauretania, launched in 1906 she was the largest vessel of her kind. She held the Blue Riband for several years. 
  • Carpathia, built in 1903, noted for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic disaster.
  • Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth launched in 1934 and 1938. Both served as flagships for the Cunard Line during the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Cutty Sark, built in 1869 and now a museum ship, she was one of the last tea clippers.