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National Maritime Museum/Caird Library (Royal Navy) (Merchant Navy)


Park Row
SE10 9NF


020 8312 6565


020 8312 6632




The museum holds books, manuscripts, photos and artefacts relating to maritime history. The Caird Library, founded in 1936, is primarily used by those researching links with the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy and includes a collection of Masters' Certificates, Marine Society apprentice registers 1772-1950 and Crew Lists. The library contains a wealth of printed sources including charts, maps and atlases. The library also contains manuscripts, including personal papers and diaries, official Admiralty records, and lieutenants' logs. They also hold records of shipbuilding and shipping companies including Lloyd's Register of Shipping from 1764.

Most Royal Navy records are held at The National Archives but the library does hold important Merchant Navy records such as Crew Lists for some years and registers of apprentices sent to merchant ships. The web site includes a number of research guides and an online archives and manuscripts catalogue and a catalogue covering the Caird library.

The site hosts Collections Online which provides online access to over 17,000 museum objects. The historic photograph collection allows users to search the collection and order copies. The collection includes photos of a more general nature such as river views and anything associated with rivers and the seas.

The National Maritime Museum runs the Maritime Memorials site which is an online index commemorating British people with maritime related work or careers or the victims of disaster at sea as recorded on cemetery and public memorials.