Maritime Archives and Library collections

Crew of the Empress of Britain I

About this collection

Maritime Archives has extensive collections of maritime books and documents spanning three centuries. These include one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.

You can visit the Maritime Archives and Library at Merseyside Maritime Museum to see original documents and use our library collection. 

Before you do so, explore our website for an outline of our main collections and information sheets about popular research topics. Or search our collections using the themes or free search below.

Please note not all our catalogues are currently available online. More content will be added over time. The library catalogue of books, journals, serials, oral histories and Lloyd’s publications is not currently included.

When searching the quick search looks at both the title and description field and may bring back lots of results. Use the advanced search to narrow down your search. The number of collection items is not always accurate due to the way the data is pulled through.

Header image: PR/652 Empress Rainbow Follies, Empress of Britain, Canadian Pacific, c1913 (detail)

Temporary closure

The Maritime Archives and Library will close to the public for Christmas from 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 December 2019 and will not reopen until Monday 30 March 2020 at 10.30am, due to the closure of the second floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum as we prepare the new Life on board gallery.

Staff can be contacted via email and telephone during the closure period but will only have limited access to collections.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Did you know?

Letters of Marque were licences from the Government to be a pirate.

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