Where to Look for Information on Sailing Ships
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
Brigs and Barques:
Images and Artworks from the Golden Age of Sail
|Haze Gray & Underway - Naval
History and Photography
The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, commonly known as DANFS, is the foremost reference regarding US naval vessels. Filling eight volumes, it gives histories for virtually every US naval vessel. To make DANFS accessible to a larger number of people, we are working to put all DANFS ship histories online through this site. Currently the online collection includes over 3500 ship histories, and more are being added. These files are faithfully transcribed Andrew Toppan is the project manager, volunteer coordinator and web archive maintainer.
Naval Vessel Register is the "Official Inventory of US Naval Ships and Service Craft." It contains technical specifications for many ships now or formerly in the American naval fleet.
Detroit Publishing Company
Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation GLSRF Online Searchable Databases The following databases have been developed by the GLSRF and are being made available as a public service by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation.
"Ships of the Old Navy" An alphabetical, anecdotal history of the sailing warships of the Royal Navy from approx. the 1780s to the 1840s. This is in a state of constant revision as new material is added and the starting date is moved back to 1761. The entries A1 - A5 have been revised as of 1 January.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck File 1679 - 1998 by Dave Swayze
This site is an ongoing experiment in the design of a "digital library", a collection of documents intended to be of value to those researching Great Lakes History.
Sailing Ships Fredrik Sandström Data Base
From 1799 to 1819 more than 1,000 pages of British naval news and views were published every year in The Naval Chronicle, including action reports, intelligence of foreign naval matters, and biographies of officers. In short, it was the most important original account of the naval part of the Napoleonic Wars. Outside the major libraries the 40 volumes of The Naval Chronicle are not generally available. This new consolidated edition, in five volumes, contains all the most significant material from the originals, including Admiral Nelson's only autobiographical record.
Nicholas Tracy, a member of the history department of the University of New Brunswick, is the editor of Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail and the author of the definitive Nelson's Battles