Monday, 23 May 2016

Maritime Libraries in the UK - Southampton

The Maritime Libraries post continues to generate interest. This book is useful for finding maritime resources in libraries around the UK, so I've asked the publishers for permission to add content from the book. Keep an eye out for future posts that highlight various archives around the UK.

The title is:
Maritime Information : a guide to libraries and sources of information in the United Kingdom. by Fenton, Briody and Macdonald. 2004. 1901703452

Disclaimer: as this book was published in 2004, I have tried to update
 the websites (2016), but internet addresses often change.


ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd.

Subject coverage: Port development; dredging studies and licencing; navigation and mooring studies; marina projects; lock design and operation; hydraulic structures; sea defences and bank protection; wave studies; flood studies and water resource management; environmental impact assessment; estuary morphology studies; habitat creation; waterways; numerical modelling and computer applications; hydrographic surveys and field investigations; general research; library and navigational advisory services; GIS applications.

Association of British Sailmakers (ABS)
Lock's Heath, Southampton SO31 6PR
No website found

Address: 2 Orchard Road, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6PR
Contact Details
Phone: 01489 601517
Subject coverage: sailcloth and sailmaking.
Publications: 'Mainsheet' produced 6 to 10 times a year for members and advertising suppliers

Association of Sea Training Organisations (ASTO)
c/o Royal Yachting Association
Subject coverage: Sail training opportunities, primarily for young people
Publications: Brochure 'Sail to Adventure' lists sail training opportunities and is published every two years.

Challenger Society for Marine Science
e: not found
Learned Society

Marine Information and Advisory Service (MIAS) 'The voice of UK marine science community'
e: webform
Special Collections: Discovery investigations archive; Expedition Reports; Challenger Society for Marine Science Archives.
Specific databases:
OCEANIS (in-House database)
Zoological Record
Science Direct

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Subject coverage: Research reports; some wreck reports; Acts and regulations relating to mariitme issues; accident reports; limited amounts of maritime books; publicity material.

Merchant Navy Welfare Board
Subject coverage: Information on welfare provision for domiciled and visiting seafarers within the UK and considerable information about other national and international seafarers' welfare agencies
Publications: Advice on making wills and funeral arrangements; Brochure on MNWB services; Database of nautical charities providing assistance to individuals; Database of seafarers' homes.

Southampton Central Library
e: email not found
Subject coverage: Mercantile shipping; containerisation; some naval material.
Special collections: Titanic Collection; 'Lloyd's Registers of Ships': 1764 to date, incomplete Publications: Southampton's Ships: an index to periodical references, 1978.

Southampton City Archives
Subject coverage: Merchant navy; seamanship; ship design' trade; port administration; ship movements; ship personnel; legal records; cargoes.
Special collections: Southampton crew lists, 1863-1913; Isherwood Collection, 6,500 drawings of elevations of ships by Captain Isherwood; Photographs of ships indexed by ship name; Southampton Harbour Board Records including minutes, 1803-1968; port and harbour ledger, 1868-1896; wharfingers day books, 1881-1968; Thornycroft Shipbuilders Records, c. 1850-1968; Central Index register of Merchant Seamen, 1918-41 for personnel serving British register ships (arranged alphabetically and by seamen discharge number); Harrison collection: papers of a ship's chef, c. 1914-1956; Court of Admiralty records 1488-1756; Itchen Floating Bridge Co., 1833-1933; Port and petty customs books, 1426-1803; South East Engineering and Shipbuilding Employers Association, 1902-78.
Specific companies and groups: John H. Thornycroft.

Southampton City Art Gallery
Special collections: seascapes and maritime themes by various artists

Southampton Heritage Services see Southampton City Archives
e: email not found
Subject coverage: Merchant shipping and the Port of Southampton, with particular reference to passenger shps and cargo handling; local shipbuilding.
Special collections: Archival material on Furness Withy; Vosper Thornycorft; British Power Boat Co.; Day, Summers Photographic archives of British Ports collection, Mitchell, Kennaway and Philips Collections Liner ephemera, furnishings and fittings.

Southampton Institute
e: webform
Subject Coverage: Shipping, maritime economics, safety at sea, seamanship, cargo handling, navigation, marine engineering, yacht and boat design, oceanography, marine environmental science and management, maritime law, ship history, maritime leisure management.
Special collections: A branch library at Warsash Maritime Centre - specialises in the education and training of merchant seamen and houses and historical collection of maritime journals and 'Lloyd's Registers' and a current collection of 'Merchant Shipping Notices' and 'Merchant Shipping Statutory Instruments'.

Yacht Charter Association (YCA)
website not found
e: email not found
Subject coverage: Safety standards
Publications: 'Guide to Charter' and 'List of Charter Operators and their Fleets' (annual).

See also:
Maritime Libraries in the UK :

Aberdeen,  Cumbria,  East India Company,   Gosport + Portsmouth,  Liverpool,  ShipwrecksWales

“Reproduced by kind permission of the Maritime Information Association”

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