Customs and Excise and predecessors: Registry of British Ships: London Port: Title Registers

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Customs and Excise and predecessors: Registry of British Ships: London Port: Title Registers

Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 Customs and Excise undertook the administration of the registration of ships in the ports of Britain. These volumes record the registration of vessels in London port giving ownership, mortgages and a description of each vessel.

Generally these registers are "dead" but occasionally the records of exceptionally long-lived vessels are amended.


Each vessel is allocated a unique port, year and date number in a series beginning at one each year. Usually there are between 150 and 200 entries in a register. In some years odd and even numbers are in separate registers.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
330 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Board of Customs and Excise , 1992-2003
No future accruals expected

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