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Merchant ships


Canadian Merchant Navy losses - during the Second World War
Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association - archival holdings
City of Madras - five ships of the same name
Fishing Ports and Port Registration Letters - European fishing vessel data.
Four masted ships - list based on a note in the Mariner's Mirror, 1933.
The Fitment and Decoration of Ships from the "Great Eastern" to the "Queen Mary".
Guillotine - Ship launching - response to a query from MarHst-l
Hilda R. - loss - 1917, possibly attacked near Gibraltar by a German submarine
The Jalbhut – a typical and fairly common form of dhow
The Lennie mutiny - an analysis of a somewhat rare occurence
Muscat dhows (English) || français - Muscat dhows: 1904 decision on French flagging.
Park ships - 10,000 DWT Cargo Ships, WWII
Rainbow Warrior - the Greenpeace ship mined in New Zealand
The record-making Royal William 1833 - adapted from an article by William Wood
The Royal William Pioneer of Ocean Steam Navigation. - a paper by Archibald Campbell, Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
Blue book of American shipping -- marine and naval directory; statistics of shipping and shipbuilding in America.


W.H. Cockerline Fleet - fleet details, 1885 to 1957
Ropner Shipping Company - fleet list, shipyard 1888-1931

and shipwrecks

The MV Derbyshire - 2001 enquiry into her sinking, D. Faulkner, FRINA.
The Molson steamer John Bull - June 1839, her loss after a fire.

Journals and magazines

The American Neptune - A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History, and Arts (includes index.)
Marines: Yachting - Guerre - Commerce - bi-monthly, French langauge.
Sea Breezes - the ship lover's magazine; includes a partial index of our collection.
Merchant navy, merchant marine - some references to our periodical holdings.

Shanties, songs of the sea, and a tall tale

Sea shanties
Shanty Bibliography
The schooner BIGLER - a slow boat with a jubaju; five versions of a song about her
Johnny Crapaud - sea shanties and more.
Cheerily Man - the shanty Nancy Dawson or Sally Rackett
The Edmund Fitzgerald - the song of her loss
The Saga of the "WIFE OF BATH" Piano - humour for marine historians

Design, shipbuilding and shipyards

Bentinck boom
Capstan, cabestan, barbotin
Clipper ship early origins - a note by John Lyman in v. xxx of The Mariner's Mirror (1944)
Copper sheathing - some notes on its origins
"The Scientific Study of Naval Architecture" - inaugural address by Francis Elgar, first Jobn Elder Professor of Naval Architecture, Glasgow University, 1884.
Seaworthiness of Sailing Rafts - an article by Edwin Doran, 1978
Snow? or Brig? - some notes on their differences
Tern schooners - H.I. Chapelle

Early steam, propellers and paddle-wheels

The Germ - experimenting with horizontal paddle wheels
The Revenue Marine’s First Steam Cutters - paddle wheels, vertical and horizontal, and the propeller
Early years of the propeller - Francis Pettit Smith, John Ericsson and more
The FRONTENAC - in service 1817, first Canadian Steamer on the Great Lakes
The ONTARIO - in service 1817, first American Steamer on the Great Lakes
"Tonnage" of ships - a detailed study by G. Moorsom of measurement, laws and taxation up to 1855
Propeller patents - notes on their early development in the UK and US
A Treatise on the Screw Propeller - with various suggestions of improvement, by John Bourne, 1852


North American shipyards and shipbuilding - General index, by yard name and ship types. Merchant and Naval
Bethlehem Steel shipyards - an overview of all divisions, locations and yard names, merchant and naval
Commercial vessels built in U.S. shipyards - wartime production, includes Victories, Liberties and many more
Davie shipbuilding - a short history and links to more details, and
        Davie shipbuilding - some visual mementos


The Bounty's anchor - a note in The Mariner's Mirror v. xliii
Cockpit - origins and use of the term, maritime and earonautical
Cruikshank illustration for Smollett - Roderick Random
Davy Jones - and his locker
Dictionary of Sea Terms - from Darcy Lever's Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor
Le Havre - French port (history, etc)
Holms, A Campbell, Practical shipbuilding; 1916, pdf file spar making, rivetting; also see catalogue entry.
Marine propulsion - rotating nozzle - Eaton's U.S. Patent No. 21,825 (19 October 1858)
A Maritime history of Cuba - from pre-Coumbus days to the ealy twentieth century
Mast partners
Merchant Navy - badges use in the merchant navy
The North American Fisheries - as described in 1854
Quintal - a unit of weight measurement, historical and geographic variants.
Roundhouse and "Kidnapped"
Russell, John Scott: - John Scott Russell; early wave theory
Salt in Marine Boilers - from Henry Evers, LL.D., Steam and the Steam Engine, 1873.
Seamen's Societies - Seamen's Societies, backgrounf and libraries
Ship Captain's Medical Guide - Henry Leach, 5th edition, 1871.
Smith and Rhuland, Lunenburg, NS
SOS, CQD and other emergency signals
Squilgee, squillgee, squillagee, squeegee
Tall Ships - what are they?
Tern schooners - H.I. Chapelle
Viking research Remote Resource Regions for Norse Greenland, F.C. Ljungqvist
Worm, parcel and serve various notes


The Titanic leaving Belfast Apr. 2, 1912
"The Titanic leaving Belfast Apr. 2, 1912", Yves Bérubé, CSMA.
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