About RYS

Useful Historical Links

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Yachting Historians
http://www.yachtinghistorians.org.uk
The Association of Yachting Historians has been established by a group of interested yacht clubs

Mariners
http://www.mariners-l.co.uk
Useful information on how to trace ships and seamen, mailing list for enquiries

The National Archives, Kew
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Holds national government records including those of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (registration of large yachts, merchant vessels and seamen, some crewlists), Emigration, Royal Navy, Customs, Coastguard etc

National Maritime Museum
http://www.nmm.ac.uk
Holds some crewlists, Lloyds Captains register, prints and pictures, naval vessels

The Guildhall Library
http://www.history.ac.uk/gh/
Manuscripts section holds Lloyds Captain’s register, Trinity House records; Library holds Lloyds List

Lloyds Register
http://www.lr.org/code/home.htm
Reference Library holds copies of Lloyds Register of Shipping, of Yachts, of American Yachts

Isle of Wight Record Office
http://www.iwight.gov.uk/library/record_office
Holds local government and other records for the Isle of Wight, including Cowes registered vessels

Memorial University of Newfoundland (library)
http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/crewlist.php
Holds some crewlists

Portsmouth Museums and Records Service
http://www.portsmouthmuseums.co.uk
Record Office holds some crewlists for Cowes registered vessels (and Portsmouth)

Southampton City Archives
http://www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/archives/collections/
Holds some seamen’s records (early 20th century), Southampton registered vessels, crewlists

The Family Records Centre
http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/frc
Holds Birth Marriage and Death records, census (include some ships in port)

America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Herreshoff Marine Museum
http://www.herreshoff.org/achof/
America’s Cup Racing History

Classic Boat Museum, Newport, Isle of Wight
http://www.classicboatmuseum.org
Collection of yachting books and magazines and other archival material (as well as boats)

A Timeline of Ships, Boats and Yachts
http://www.hmy.com/a-timeline-of-ships-boats-and-yachts
A boating history page