Board of Trade from 1872, transferred to Ministry of Shipping in 1939, to the Ministry of War Transport in 1941, to the Ministry of Transport in 1946, to the Board of Trade in 1965, to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1970, to the Department of Trade in 1974, to the Department of Transport in 1984 and to the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1997.
No future accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:
From 1872 the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen took over responsibility for the central registration of shipping and the allocation of unique ships' numbers which were retained regardless of change of name or ownership. In 1994 a computerised Ships Register was opened and Customs and Excise ships registers were closed.
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