Sharing our knowledge, expertise and research through collation and dissemination of data and providing wider access for the public benefit.
The Heritage & Education Centre reference library, the Royal Institution of Naval Architect’s Denny collection, and the IMarEST collection at Lloyd’s Register cover many aspects of maritime history, science, offshore, nuclear and other engineering, tribiology, materials and technology.
Much of the original library collection can be searched via our online library catalogue. Some material, such as Lloyd’s Register’s own archives and manuscripts, is not yet accessible online but can be used in research projects on request.
We can help you with brief general or specific shipping enquiries and queries from subscribers to the Register of Ships. Our reference library in London is open to the public and we offer a historical research service.
Our information sheets cover the history of Lloyd's Register and popular maritime subjects and genealogical sources, with addresses and advice for researching areas outside the scope of our records.
A unique resource being prepared for researchers is our enhanced database which individually lists all of the ships as recorded in the Register Book for 1764-66. Scans of the original 1764 Register Book have already been made accessible online by Heritage & Education Centre.
A project to preserve and digitise the World Fleet Statistics has been completed and the next stage in the plan is to add these statistical resources to this website for the public benefit. A similar project is underway for the Casualty Reports and Lists of Surveyors.
We also plan to add PDF versions of our key historical publications such as Annual Reports and 100A1 to this site so that they can be used by the wider public to help enhance research in marine and engineering science and history.
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