This is a list of resources which might of of use or interest to researchers into Irish Maritime History It is a “work-in-progress”. Additions and amendments are welcome.
Some blogs and sites with interesting articles and stories:
Archives, a partial list, there other archives elsewhere on this page
Print Resources
  • History Ireland: this magazine, issued every two months, is a near necessity for research into any aspect of Irish History. It covers all Irish History, not just Maritime.  Includes access to the Irish section  of Jstor.
  • Archaeology Ireland, a quarterly magazine from the same publisher, is of occasional interest.
  • In Shore Ireland: another magazine issued six times a year, is concerned with all Irish Maritime issues, not just historical. It mainly addresses current issues. There is some historical coverage
  • Afloat is a magazine “by water sports enthusiasts, for watersports enthusiasts". Little or no coverage of history.
  • Marine Times, a monthly newspaper, "the Voice of Ireland's Fishing Industry and Maritime Community". Little or no coverage of history.
  • The Irish Sword is published twice a year by the Military History Society of Ireland
  • Irish Historical Studies is, also, published twice a year. Their on-line Irish History Online is useful for searching for articles is other print journals.

  • The Royal Irish Academy Library is recommended.
  • The Maritime Institute of Ireland have recently (September 2013) reopened their archive and library in their museum. Good for genealogical advice.
  • The various university libraries might be of interest, if you are a graduate you will get readers ticket, See UCD and TCD; although some are now charging graduates for library access.
  • Your local public library will usually help and advise. Some provide access to on-line resources, which would otherwise cost, such as:
    • Ask about Ireland, which includes Griffiths Valuation, there is a wealth of Irish Historical material on this site, visit their reading room
    • Dictionary of Irish Biography
    • RIAN, the Irish word for path, is your route to Open Access Irish research publications. Rian accesses NUI Galway, UCD, DCU, UCC, NUI Maynooth, University of Limerick, TCD, Mary Immaculate College, and HEA.
    • JStor “Scholarly journals, primary sources, and now books!”  (your subscription to History Ireland will include access the the Irish older publications)
    • Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
    • Irish History Online
    • In addition to its library, mentioned above, The Royal Irish Academy have on-line resources
    • As other academic libraries have, such as Trinity
    • Some, such as the Marine Institute, lack historical entries.
  • Your public library can also provide newspaper archives.
  • The heritage officer of your county council, might be available to advise.
  • Other on-line resources exist, such as Athens, Safari, Books-24-7, if you are aware of an easy (cheap) way to access them, please let us know.
  • Finally, don’t forget free (out of copyright) book services from Gutenberg, the Open Library and Google.

On-line Resources for Research
  • CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts, The Free Digital Humanities Resource for Irish history, literature and politics.
  • History

Wikipedia, take care if you rely on Wikipedia. It is, a great source of information which can be quoted, as well as many images. We have supported it through the “Irish Maritime Wiki Project” and encourage you to do likewise.
Lloyd’s Register, a necessity for research. The Dún Laoghaire museum claims the most complete set. The register is also available in the Liverpool Maritime Museum and the Ulster folk and transport museum Cultra.   Lloyd's Register is being made available, on-line, by Google Books and the Open Library: Annals of Lloyd’s Register Lloyd’s Register by year
1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809
1810 1811 1812 - - 1815 - - 1818 1819
???? 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829
1830 1831 1832 1833 1834 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839
1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1848 1849
1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859
1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869
1870 |1871 1872 1873 1874 - - - - -
- - - 1883 - - - - - 1889
- - - 1893 1894 - 1896 1897 1898 1899
  • Plimsoll Ship Data (Lloyd’s Register from 1930=1945)
  • Additionally there is Lloyds List – a twice weekly newspaper
  • Separately there is Lloyds register of shipping 1780 - date
For the Americas:  
Organisations (partial list)
Lifeboats, (not an inclusive list)
Ports and Harbours, again, this is not an inclusive list
Photographs, do respect copyright  
By Location  
By ship type
Live Marine Traffic

I thought that this site was lost:

however they seem to have resurected!

Thank God, we are surrounded by water