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Ceredigion Archives
Cardiganshire Shipping Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 TSR, CE/ABM and related

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Cardiganshire Shipping Records

Short Title: Cardiganshire Shipping Records

Creation date(s): 1824-1990

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Aberystwyth Port; Customs and Excise Office, Aberystwyth


Administrative/Biographical history: Shipping in Cardiganshire was mainly centred on the port of Aberystwyth. The port was responsible for the registration of shipping and the collection of duties on imports. Ceredigion Archives has accumulated various groups of records relating to the port and its activities. General registration of ships began in the 18th century, when all ships with a deck and burden of more than 15 tons had to be registered with the Customs and excise at their homeport. Many ships were registered in the port of Aberustwyth, that encompassed all the smaller ports in Cardiganshire north of Newport, Pembrokeshire, and in the southern part of Merionethshire. Aberystwyth became a trading port of some importance from the late 18th century onwards, with imports such as coal, limestone and foodstuffs and exports including lead ore, slates and fish. The port of Aberystwyth gradually declined over the second half of the 19th century and ceased exporting material in the early 20th century.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to shipping in Cardiganshire, 1824-1990, consisting mainly of shipping registers and related records, 1824-1925; crew lists, accounts of voyages and agreements, 1863-1901; ship log books, 1868-1898; port book of Aberystwyth, 1854-1901; records of the Customs and Excise Office, Aberystwyth, 1824-1990, including records of wrecks, salvage and disposal, 1906-1973; records relating to shipping, 1855-1990; records relating to the Royal Naval Reserve, 1908-1960; records relating to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 1957-1964; records relating to licensing and licences, 1880-1927; programmes for horse races, 1977-1986; maps, 1892-1923; and miscellaneous, 1849-1970.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: shipping records, including Customs and Excise records; and shipping registers, including transactions registers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Parts deposited by the Registrar of Shipping and Seamen, per the County Archivist, Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon, 1976; County Archivist, Cornwall County Council, Truro, Cornwall, England, 1979; transferred from Pembrokeshire Record Office, Haverfordwest, 1981, 1994; West Glamorgan Record Office, 1986; Glamorgan Archive Service, 1986; TSR/10 donated by the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; TSR/12 deposited anonymously, 1998; Custom and Excise records deposited by Customs and Excise, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, 1993; Shipping registers, AT/SHIP, transferred from Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Office, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, 1980.


Related material: Pre-1860 agreements and crew lists are National Archives, BT 98. A 10% sample of post-1861 records is National Archives, BT 99. A further 10% sample is in the National Maritime Museum. Further records of Aberystwyth Port are National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Shipping, 1863-1913.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (, Shipping Records, viewed 19 November 2003; Lewis, W. J., A Fashionable Watering Place: Aberystwyth, (Aberystwyth, 1997) Jenkins, Geraint H. and Ieuan Gwynedd Jones (eds.), Cardiganshire County History: Volume 3 Cardiganshire in modern times, (Cardiff, 1998); Maritime Records, Glamorgan Record Office website (, viewed 20 November 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003

Boats and boating | Laws and legislation | Wales | Ceredigion
Ceredigion (Wales) | Maps
Great Britain. | H.M. Customs and Excise (Aberystwyth) | Archives
Harbours | Wales | Aberystwyth
Royal National Lifeboat Institution | Archives
Royal Naval Reserve | Archives
Shipping | Wales | Aberystwyth
Ships | Scrapping | Wales | Ceredigion
Shipwrecks | Wales | Ceredigion

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Great Britain | Customs Establishment
Great Britain | General Register and Record Office of Shipping and Seamen
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