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Barnett Maritime History Research Online:  (UK) The Barnett Maritime History Research Online covers the main state documentation of the office of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, the Board of Trade and Admiralty (where applicable); along with principal commercial records such as Lloyd’s of London and Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.

British Channel Islands Maritime Museum:   (UK) British Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Jersey, opened in July 1997 visitors to the maritime museum will find that the maritime theme extends from the front doors of the museum throughout the historic granite warehouses in which the exhibits are displayed. On the ground floor opposite the entrance you will find the temporary exhibition gallery where a major new display will be mounted each year.

Captain Cook Study Unit: (UK) Cook's Log covers animals, astronomy, birds, books, botany, coins, discovery, engravings, ethnography, exploration, family history, medals, navigation, ships, stamps, or zoology. You'll find that all these subjects and more!

Cutty Sark: Greenwich: (UK) In her time, no clipper was finer, faster or more famous than the Cutty Sark. And of all those "lovely sisters" that braved the 'roaring forties' (longitude) and traded around the China Seas, it seems fitting that it is she who still survives to tell the tale. Now, over a century later, the Cutty Sark lies proudly at permanent 'anchor' overlooking the River Thames River at maritime Greenwich.

Dockside Museum: (UK) The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, is a spectacular modern building built over an historic grade II listed dry dock, with displays on the social and industrial history of the town, as well as a vibrant temporary exhibition and events programme.

The Ellesmere Port Boat Museum: (UK) The Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port, is close to Chester and across the River Mersey from Liverpool. The Museum has one of the world's largest floating collection of traditional canal craft including narrowboats, canal barges, river barges, canal and river tugs, icebreakers and a coaster.

Endeavour (Cook's bark): (UK now AUS) All information relevant to the HMB Endeavour replica is in the process of being transferred to the Australian National Maritime Museum's site. In 1769 Lt. James Cook set sail on a voyage of discovery in a Whitby Collier, HM Bark Endeavour. That voyage took him around the world in three years, in which he discovered and charted a large part of the southern lands.

Flagship Portsmouth: (UK) The Museum at Portsmouth, England, is home to some of the world's greatest ships including the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and the Mary Rose.

HMS Belfast: (UK) HMS Belfast is a unique and powerful reminder of Britain's naval heritage: a cruiser launched in 1938 to serve with distinction in both the Second World War and the Korean War now moored permanently as a museum on the River Thames in the Pool of London. she is now the only surviving example of the great fleets of big gun armoured warships built for the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century and the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

HMS Warrior: (UK) As you arrive at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the stunning sleek, black lines of Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured battleship, take your breath away. The pride of Queen Victoria, Warrior revolutionised warship construction. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest and fastest ship of her day. Her most radical innovation was her citadel - an armoured box housing her guns. The only surviving member of Queen Victoria's Black Battle Fleet, Warrior was used for 50 years as an oil jetty at Milford Haven before being restored to her former glory in a multi-million pound campaign in the 1970s. Warrior was the ultimate deterrent. She never fired a shot in anger. She represents Pax Britannica at its zenith.

International Sailing Craft Association: (UK) International Sailing Craft Association in Lowestoft, established in the United Kingdom in 1969, provides for the preservation and restoration of sailing craft from around the world. The collection has nearly 300 boats from every continent, including antartica. Located in Britain's most easterly town, Lowestoft, the area is steeped in maritime history. Within its bounds lies Oulton Broad, the gateway to the Norfolk Broads and a little jewel can be found here in the International Sailing Craft Association's extensive collection of boats from around the world. Currently housed in temporary accommodations, the association is awaiting the builiding of a new Maritime Heritage Centre.

The Lighthouse Society of Great Britain: (UK)The Lighthouse Society of Great Britain, established 1992 at Gravesend Cottage, Torpoint, Cornwall, was first created in 1994 by the Lighthouse Society of Great Britain (LSGB) and was one of the first in the world dedicated to this subject. The Society is now the premier source of lighthouse information for the whole world. Based from this Web site, we offer access to our enormous archives through our broad catalogue of CD-ROMs. They contain information about the lights, their structures, builders and keepers. We operate a free information service by mail or E-Mail. Our latest Databases are now available on inexpensive discs so why not support our efforts by taking a look at our main product, the Encyclopaedia CD-ROM? Or become a member of the World Lighthouses Project. You won't be disappointed!

London Canal Museum: (UK) The London Canal Museum, housed in a 1860's building which was built as an ice warehouse, adjoins Battlebridge basin on the Regent's Canal. Built for Carlo Gatti an importer of natural ice in bulk from the Norwegian fiords, first by ship and then along the canal. Two huge ice wells beneath the building have been partially excavated and one of them may be seen from a viewing gallery above. They are the only commercial ice wells in preservation. The Museum is just five minutes walk from London's Kings Cross Station and is easily reached by train, XUnderground, and bus.

The Margate Memorial - Surfboat: Friend to all Nations: (UK) When entering Margate seafront from Westbrook, it is impossible not to notice the statue of a figure permanently looking out to sea over the infamous Nayland Rocks. The figure is shading his eyes and clad in oil-skins and an old cork life jacket. The monment was erected to nine men of Margate that lost their lives in the Friend to all Nations surf-boat tragedy on the night of Thursday, December 2nd, 1897. In the last century, it was common for many towns and/or ports on the coast to provide a surf-boat crewed by local men although at the time there were also R.N.L.I. lifeboats being strategically placed around the coast as well. So it was in Margate which had a R.N.L.I. boat named the Quiver but also still used its surf-boat. The surf-boat at Margate had no motor but was powered by sails and was not self-righting.

Maritime History and Naval Heritage: (UK) The aim of this website is to present a wide-ranging collection of articles covering all aspects of maritime history, with the author's general emphasis reflecting his own interest in naval history. The site will continue to publish original naval documents from the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Other websites provide information on the Plymouth Naval Base Museum and Historic South Yard at Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard.

Maritime Information (UK) The Maritime Information (MIA) association was formed, as the Marine Librarian's Association, at a conference held at Garnet College, London, in 1972. Within 10 years the name was changed to reflect the growing interest in the Association from outside the librarianship field. The association has an annual conference in September with a variety of venues and publishes a quarterly newsletter. The aim of the Maritime Information Association (MIA) is to promote networking amongst those having an interest in maritime and naval matters, or working within that area. MAI members include collectors, photographers, maritime historians, researchers, authors, editors, retired seafarers, curators, archivists, librarians and information officers. Members are from all over the world and bring with them a wealth of information and experience.

Maritime and Naval Museums in Britain and Ireland: (UK) This file lists nearly 260 museums and museum-ships in Britain and Ireland, in alphabetical order of the usual names for the museums. The details were last revised on 4th May 1999.

Masters of the Blue Riband: (UK) A site dedicated to the fastest transatlantic ships through history: the bearers of the "Blue Riband."

Merseyside Maritime Museum: (UK) The Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool has captured the romance, the day to day atmosphere of working on the docks and aboard ship while tracing the changes and development of Liverpool from a small hamlet to a major international port.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall: (UK) The NMMC plans to list key elements of its collections on-line. Individual catalogues will cover: boats, ship models, art, and artefacts. Boats will also be listed under one of the 5 themes which are used to describe their use.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London: (UK) Unrivalled historical collections on ships, seafaring, navigation, and the maritime arts: the 'home of Time' and the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude 0∞: famous architecture in the setting of the ancient Royal Park at Greenwich - all these are hallmarks of Britain's National Maritime Museum - Greenwich).

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea: (UK) The new #30.8m National Waterfront Museum being built in Swansea will tell the story of Wales' industrial and maritime heritage and its role in shaping today's economy and society. The museum is designed not only to entertain and educate about what has happened in the past, but also how it bears relevance for now and the future. It will tell the story of yesterday in the context of today.

National Waterways Museum: (UK) The National Waterways Museum in the city of Gloucester, is housed in seven story Llanthony Warehouse on Gloucester Docks on the Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal. It was the last great corn store to be opened on the docks in 1873, Gloucester being a centre for the import of foreign grain since 1840. It concentrates on a whole range of waterways related topics

Norfolk Nelson Museum: (UK) Whilst there are a number of individually important and small Nelson displays widely dispersed in Nelson's home county of Norfolk, there has until now been no single collection solely devoted to England's greatest naval hero. We hope that you'll take this first opportunity to come to Great Yarmouth and see the new National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Plymouth Naval Base Museum: (UK) For over 150 years, until it closed in 1992, the Royal William Yard in Plymouth supplied the Royal Navy with stores and victuals. The large collection of artefacts, ranging from uniforms to silver, china and kitchenware, which was displayed in the yard, survived the war and is now in the museum.

River and Rowing Museum: (UK) The Henley-on-Thames Museum will be a centre of excellence for the interpretation of the River Thames and Rowings at Henley-on-Thames, England.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum: (UK) At the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Portsmouth, you can trace the history of submarine development from the age of Alexander the Great to the present day and the history of the British Submarine Service from the tiny Holland 1 to the nuclear powered Vanguard class - the Navy's present day peacekeepers.

The Society for Nautical Research: (UK)
The Society for Nautical Research promotes research in nautical matters and publishes the results. This research covers all matters relating to seafaring, ships and shipbuilding in all ages and in all nations; the language and customs of the sea; in fact any topic of nautical interest.  Efforts includes: supports and encourages research into maritime history and nautical archaeology; publishes the world’s pre-eminent English-language nautical journal, the Mariner’s Mirror; buys paintings and other works of art for the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich; and funds projects such as the preservation of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.

Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum: (UK) Housed in a restored cornmill in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, the museum collection vividly portrays the heritage of 200 years of inland waterways. transport system, fundamental to the industrial revolution in Britain is complemented by the "living canal" outside with its flight of locks, boats and Blisworth Tunnel.

Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson: (UK) The 1805 Club, founded in 1990, preserves, restores and maintains vital parts of Britain's naval heritage through the preservation of monuments and memorials relating to Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and seafaring people of the Georgian era. Also, to promote research into the Royal Navy of the Georgian period, and especially Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and to organise cultural and historical events.

"Who's Who in Davy Jones' Locker:" (UK) PIRATES, BUCCANEERS AND PRIVATEERS — that's what "Who's Who in Davy Jones' Locker is all about. The book itself is serious study and an entertaining read, this book will be of value to all who study maritime history , the colonial era, or the Caribbean. It will be of special interest to many who dwell near, or visit, the eastern United States or the Caribbean Islands. Genealogists in the Americas will find it a most useful source. The lives of these sea-dogs are compelling, dastardly, heroic, desperate, bloodthirsty and often humorous. Start your Davy Jones Locker search with this website.

Windermere Steamboat Museum: (UK) Set in the heart of Lakeland about 65 miles north of Liverpool, in a magnificent location, the Windermere Steamboat Museum has a unique collection of historic, steam and motor boats. Steamboat and classic motor boat trips are run daily throughout the season (dependent on weather). There are changing exhibitions and events throughout the year. The nearest railway station is Windermere.


Scotland


Tayside A Maritime History: (SCOTLAND) TAMH - Tayside: An area on the east coast of Scotland, with trading links over the centuries to many countries around the world. The maritime history tells the story of the East of Scotland ports, Montrose, Arbroath, Dundee, and the sea short articles, images, and many Victorian photographs and ca. 3500 mariner and voyage records. TAMH sets out to make each user a 'virtual curator'.


Wales


Water Folk Canal Centre: (Wales) The Water Folk Canal Centre is on the B4558 between LLanfrynach and Pencelli near Brecon in the county of Powys in South Wales. Take Junction26 off the M5 and follow signs for Brecon through Abergavenny. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal was abandoned in 1962 but restoration soon began and it is now navigable for over 30 miles. It does not connect to the rest of the canal system.