Lloyd’s List is a newspaper devoted to shipping news. In particular it records the
movements of ocean going vessels and marine news of casualties, ‘speakings’ and
other events involving individual vessels.
This database has been compiled from copies of Lloyd's List deposited at
Guildhall Library by Lloyd’s of London as part of the Lloyd's Marine Collection.
The database is an index to the marine news section of Lloyd’s List for the period
1740 – 1837. Please note that only the news items are included; the ordinary shipping
movements have not been indexed.
The database crosses the change of Calendar from the Old Style Julian Calendar (when
the New Year commenced on 25 March) to the New Style Gregorian Calendar (when the
New Year commenced on 1 January). For any year prior to 1752, when the change took
place, the dates from the beginning of the year to 24 March (inclusive) in modern
reckoning are one year later than the year given in Lloyd’s List. Please beware
of this when interpreting any dates given between 1 January and 24 March prior to
The database excludes the years 1742, 1745, 1754, 1756, 1759 and 1778, for which
Guildhall Library does not have copies of Lloyd’s List. In addition we have only
the Old Style dates January 1 to March 24 for the years 1740, 1743 and 1746.
In publishing this database Guildhall Library wishes to acknowledge the work of
the volunteers who carried out the indexing: Marjorie Ranft, Irene Missen, Fiona
Gardner and Janet Churcher who started work on the indexing and Joan Dormer and
Helen Hodgson whose hard work and dedication over many years has seen the project
through to its successful conclusion.