Name in Register
For a vessel built with square-rig, this is original name at launching. For a vessel converted to square-rig, this is the first name under square rig.
For a vessel built with square-rig, these are names that were given to the vessel later in its life. For a vessel converted to square rig, these other names may also include names prior to the vessel’s conversion.
The following abbreviations apply to this field:- ’80 means the name was change in 1880; b80 means the name had been changed by 1880; a80 means the name was changed after 1880; p80 means the name was changed prior to 1880.
The material is iron, steel or composite construction. The material field will also record whether the vessel had an auxiliary engine when it was first built or at the time of its conversion to square rig.
The rig field denotes the rig at the time it was built or at the time of its conversion to square rig.
Abbreviations used in the rig field include: Bn means brigantine; Bkn means barquentine; Jck Bk means Jackass Barque; 4mst Bk means four-masted Barque; 4mst S means four-masted Ship; 5mst Bk means five-masted Barque; 5mst S means five-masted Ship
The year field denotes the year and (where available) the month in which the vessel was launched. The date of launch may sometimes be found in Notes field. A year field with an asterisk (*) behind the date denotes that the vessel was built with mechanical propulsion.
The Yard No field denotes the yard number given to the vessel by the builder. The yard number is frequently used to identify the vessel prior to its naming. The yard number may provide a useful reference when viewing builder’s documents, plans, etc.
The Builder field gives the name of the builder, the place of build, and the country of build. The abbreviations for country of build are Ger. = Germany, UK = United Kingdom, USA = United States of America
This field lists the various ports of registry and the various owners during the vessel’s career. The port of registry is given in capitals. The port of registry is followed by an abbreviated year. This is then followed by the owner’s name. Subsequent owners and ports of registry are also listed. Corporate changes in ownership are also listed.
The following abbreviations apply to this field:- ’80 means the first year of registry within the port was 1880 and/or the first year of ownership by an owner was 1880; b80 means the port of registry was that port by 1880 or the vessel was owned by the particular owner in 1880; c80 means the port became the port of registry circa 1880 or the owner acquired the vessel circa 1880.
The Notes field contains anything of interest that is not provided with a specific field of its own. In particular, the notes field contains details of sister ships, voyages, propulsion machinery if any, incidents, observations as to performance, cost, changes in tonnage, dimensions, arrangements, etc.
Abbreviations include: dys = days, nm = nautical miles, vyge = voyage, pssge = passage, tdwt = tons deadweight capacity, tdispl = tons displacement, om = Tons(volume) Old Measurement, FB=Freeboard, Mdepth=Moulded Depth, g=Tons Gross, ud=Underdeck Tonnage, n=Tons Net.
The references field contains abbreviations for the various references used to compile the register. The key to references is provided in a separate web page. The references field also indicates the existence of photographs (P), paintings or sketchings (A) or technical drawings (D) within the reference. Comments are also placed in the references field pertaining to conflicts and questions for further research.
Each record in the register is given a unique number; i.e., the register number. This is for the purposes of identification where there is more than one vessel with a given name. The Reg.No. field is assigned consecutively to the Name in Register, starting from A and finishing at Z.
The Off.No field refers to the vessel’s official number, assigned by the flag state where it is registered. Whether or not a vessel was assigned an official number depends upon the flag of registry and its period of service. The UK appears to have been first to adopt a system of official numbers. Other countries followed, but even in the 1930’s Norwegian ships appear not to have an official number.
Vessels having a UK official number are not given any prefix in this listing. However, the official numbers of other nations are distinguished by placing a prefix before the official number. Thus the prefix "s"=Sweden, "g"=Germany, "f"=France, "i"=Italy, "peru"=Peru, "u"=USA, "r"=Russia, "n"=Netherlands, "j"=Japan, "fin"=Finland, "c"=Chile, "p"=Poland.
The official number of a vessel normally remains the same over the entire life of a vessel under a given flag. The exception appears to be Italy where the official number appears to be determined by the port of registry. Thus, a vessel changing its port of registry to another port in Italy was assigned a new official number.
Not all flag states issued an official number. Where a vessel transferred to another flag, it was issued with a new official number for that jurisdiction, at least in jurisdictions that issued an official number. These latter official numbers are listed in the "Notes" field.
The gross tonnage listed is usually the first value of gross tonnage that appears in the register. The gross tonnage is a volumetric measurement. The vessel may subsequently be remeasured for gross tonnage due to alterations, changes in flag or changes in the gross tonnage rules. Subsequent values of gross tonnage are listed in the "Notes" field using the abbreviation "g" after the numerical value.
The Udeck field is the underdeck tonnage; ie, the tonnage beneath the deck. The underdeck tonnage is a volumetric measurement. The vessel may subsequently be remeasured for underdeck tonnage due to alterations or changes in flag. Subsequent values of underdeck tonnage are listed in the "Notes" field using the abbreviation "ud" after the numerical value.
The net tonnage listed is a volumetric measure of the earning capacity of the vessel. The value shown in the net tonnage field is usually the earliest known value unless no gross tonnage was specified at the same time. In the latter case, it is that value at which gross tonnage is also known, and the earliest value is listed in the "Notes" field using the terminology "in" rather than "by".
The vessel may subsequently be remeasured for underdeck tonnage due to alterations, changes in flag or changes in the net tonnage rules. Subsequent values of net tonnage are listed in the "Notes" field using the abbreviation "n" after the numerical value.
These are the registered length x registered breadth x registered depth in feet. The registered length is usually slightly more that the length between perpendiculars but slightly less than the length of deck. The registered depth is the depth from the deck at side to the top of the ceiling in the hold. In some instances, the registered dimensions change over the life of the vessel. This can be due to alterations such as lengthening, or remeasurement under a new flag State or modified rules for registered dimensions. Where a vessel has subsequent values for registered dimensions, these are recorded in the "Notes" field.
The moulded depth is the depth of the vessel in feet and inches from the top of keel to the deck at side. The moulded depth is normally greater than the registered depth in that it includes the depth of floor and ceiling thickness. In some instances, the moulded depth changes over the life of the vessel. This can be due to alterations, or remeasurement under a new flag State or modified rules for measurement of moulded depth. Where a vessel has subsequent values for moulded depth, these are recorded in the "Notes" field using the abbreviation "Mdepth".
The freeboard refers to the summer freeboard from the top of deck at side to the loaded waterline in feet and inches assigned to the vessel. Prior to 1893? the marking of a loadline was not mandatory. Prior to that year, some vessels were marked with the note "freeboard discontinued by owner", apparently at the owner’s discretion. The required freeboard sometimes altered during the life of a vessel. This may be due to modifications to the vessel such as lengthening or the addition of a midship bridge deck; but much more frequently it was due to changes in the requirements specified for the calculation of the minimum freeboard. Where subsequent freeboards are assigned, these have been recorded in the "Notes" field using the abbreviation "FB".
This field records the eventual fate of the vessel if known including relevant dates. Where the fate has not yet been determined, clues to the fate are recorded such as "Not in L46" which means not in Lloyd’s Register 1946-47. The abbreviation "B/U" refers to the vessel having been broken up. Sometimes additional information concerning the fate is given in the "Notes" field.
The rig changes and rig codes field provides information regarding the configuration and alterations to the vessel’s rig. A system of coding has been devised to assist in the identification of individual vessels. Details of the codes are contained in web pages for bowsprits, yards and fore and aft sails attached.
Bowsprit with fidded jibboom
Bowsprit with fidded jibboom and fidded flying jibboom
Unknown at this stage
Starting from the foremast and working aft
Single topsail & course
Double topsails & course
Single topgallant, single topsail & course
Single topgallant, double topsails & course
Royal, single topgallant, single topsail & course
Double topgallants, double topsails & course: bald-headed rig
Royal, single topgallant, double topsails & course
Skysail, royal, single topgallant, single topsail & course
Royal, double topgallants, double topsails & course
Skysail, royal, single topgallant, double topsails & course
Moonsail, skysail, royal, single topgallant, single topsail & course
Skysail, royal, double topgallants, double topsails & course
Moonsail, skysail, royal, single topgallant, double topsails & course
Unknown at this stage
Fore and aft rigged mast
Fore and aft rigged mast with fidded topgallant mast (ex square-rigged)
Double gaff spanker
Single gaff spanker
Loose footed spanker
Unknown at this stage
Hoisting gaff sail
Cunningham’s patent reefing gear
Colling & Pinkney’s patent reefing gear
Fitted with brace winches
Where a vessel has been altered to a different rig during its life, information regarding the new rig is shown. The abbreviations used for rigs are similar to those used in the rig field. Details of the rig may be followed by dates using the following codes: ’80 means the name was change in 1880; b80 means the name had been changed by 1880; a80 means the name was changed after 1880; p80 means the name was changed prior to 1880.
The superstructures and deckhouses field gives information on superstructures and deckhouses fitted on the vessel where known. The following abbreviations apply:
Poop Deck (type unspecified)
Poop vertical sided (may flare outward at the stern)
Poop rounded at the gunwale—similar radii at fwd & aft ends
Poop rounded at the gunwale—different radii at fwd & aft ends
Poop vertical sided & angled inboard to the deck aft
Poop flush with bulwark (high bulwarks)
Poop turtle back wheel shelter
Raised Quarter Deck (type unspecified)
Raised Quarter Deck—flush with main rail & with topgallant bulwark
Raised Quarter Deck—flush with top of topgallant bulwarks
Raised Quarter Deck—with half height deck house
Deckhouse (location unspecified)
Deckhouse at or abaft 1st mast & before 2nd mast
Deckhouse at or abaft 2nd mast & before 3rd mast if fitted
Deckhouse at or abaft 3rd mast & before 4th mast if fitted
Deckhouse at or abaft 4th mast & before 5th mast if fitted
Deckhouse at or abaft 5th mast
Funnel (location unspecified)
Funnel abaft 1st mast & before 2nd mast
Foc’s’le (type unspecified)
Topgallant foc’s’le (raised above sheerline)
Foc’s’le probably flush or near flush with sheerline & moulding
Foc’s’le flush with sheerline
Monkey foc’s’le flush with main rail
The length after the deck erection code denotes the length of the deck erection in feet. If the notation is in brackets without a question mark, it means that there is evidence that the deck erection was added later in the vessel’s career. If the notation is in brackets with a question mark, that means that there is uncertainty as to whether the notation is correct.
This field contains technical information such as the following:-
Number of watertight bulkheads. Where the word "bhds" appears without a number in front, then nil bulkheads were fitted or no information has been so far found on the number of bulkheads. The number of bulkheads sometimes varied over a vessel’s career. Information on subsequent changes to the number of bulkheads is provided in the Notes field.
Information as to water ballasting denoted by WB. The following abbreviations apply: db=double bottom, DT=Deep tank, APT=aft peak tank, MT=midship tank, FPT=forepeak tank, t=tons.
Information on the keel depth. For example 12"=Bar keel of depth 12". FK=Flat-plate keel.
Information on donkey boilers if known. db04 means donkey boiler fitted 1904. ndb04 means new donkey boiler 1904 (usually a replacement); Port. means portable.
Information on the nature of fastenings, sheathing and years assigned on composite ships. YM=yellow metal, CS=copper sheathed, CF=copper fastened, GIB=Galvanized iron bolts, As12yrs means assigned 12 years. Some older iron ships were also assigned years and where known, these are given. Note that the years assigned to composite ships changed as more experience was gained on the characteristics of these vessels. Thus the period of years assigned often increased with age. Composite construction was originally considered experimental and many were surveyed biennially.
Information on permanent ballast. Sometimes the field was not large enough to contain all such information in which case the excess information was put into the "Notes" field.