Find technical information, pictures, logs and histories of passenger and cargo ships.
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The focus of this guide is on the ships that visit and have visited Australia, especially Victoria. However, many of the sources suggested here will have a worldwide scope.
Use the tabs across the top of the page to learn more about the different kinds of information that can be found.
If you are looking for information on a specific ship, or a specific type of ship, search our catalogue for 'ships' as a subject combined with your term as a keyword. For example, see the Endeavour or Clipper ships or the Sitmar Line.
This is a perpetual work in progress. If you detect errors or if you can suggest other information sources, please contact us.