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Thursday, October 28, 2010

LLOYDS LIST NOW ONLINE

The digitization revolution is truly great for historians.  While looking at a faithful reproduction on the computer screen is not at all the same as handling wonderful old documents, complete with additions made by old archivists (see the penciled comments made by the editor John Hawkesworth in the margins of the log of the Dolphin kept by Captain Samuel Wallis in 1767, for instance), it is a million times better than nothing at all.

Maritime historians in particular should be enlivened to learn that the "Bible" of shipping news in 18th and 19th century England, Lloyds List, is now online.  Not only can you see it as it happened (without paying the one pound, ten shillings, annual subscription charged in 1826), but the text is searchable.

This is courtesy of the Hathi Trust, which runs a massive digital archive named after the Hindi word for "elephant," reputedly the animal with the longest memory.

HathiTrust is headed by Director John Price Wilkin, who has led large-scale digitization initiatives at the University of Michigan for more than a decade.  This is also the university which, with Indiana University, provides much of the funding for this massive archive.  Currently, it has digitized 2,465,961,400 pages, equivalent to 83 miles of books and journals, including the results of the Google Book Search Project.

5 comments:

Ken Sanford said...

I am looking for Lloyds List online for the years 1905 through 1907. Is it available somewhere online for those years?

Joan Druett said...

H'm, that's a tricky one, Ken. I thought an alternative might be Lloyds Register, which is online at Mystic -- http://library.mysticseaport.org/initiative/ShipRegisterList.cfm

-- but even that goes only up to 1900.

I think the problem is that the hard copies are supposed to be readily available. Where are you? The Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington keeps a complete set. If you are in the US, try interlibrary loan. Alternatively, join the maritime history discussion list MarHst-L (google it for instructions); I know at least one member subscribes, and may have access to private back copies. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This reply maybe out of date but the information is still valid and useful for future enquiries: for a full list of online resources for the Register Book please see:
http://www.lr.org/about_us/shipping_information/Lloyds_Register_of_Ships_online.aspx

it has links to all sources available from 1764 to 1945 (incomplete). We are currently working on publishing online a photographic version of the unique 1764 Register.

Mat

Mat Curtis said...

This reply maybe out of date but the information is still valid and useful for future enquiries: for a full list of online resources for the Register Book please see:
http://www.lr.org/about_us/shipping_information/Lloyds_Register_of_Ships_online.aspx

it has links to all sources available from 1764 to 1945 (incomplete). We are currently working on publishing online a photographic version of the unique 1764 Register.News on twitter

Mat

Joan Druett said...

On TWITTER???? How can you do that?