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Glamorgan Archives
Cardiff shipping registers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DRBS

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Port of Cardiff registers of shipping records

Short Title: Cardiff shipping registers

Creation date(s): 1824-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.74 cubic metres (36 volumes, 7 boxes)

Name of creator(s): H. M. Commissioners of Customs and Excise, Registry of Shipping and Seamen and Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Administrative/Biographical history: General Registration of shipping over 15 tons was introduced by an Act of 1786, although records for the Port of Cardiff date only from 1824.


Scope and content/abstract: Shipping registers give the official number, name and port of registry of each vessel and also details of its construction and ownership. Ship registration papers for the Port of Cardiff give registration details for ships recorded in the shipping registers. Each file contains correspondence and forms relating to registration of the ships. Transaction registers record changes in ownership


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically by ship name.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Record Office have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history: The registers were compiled locally by Customs officers. They are deposited Public Records under S4(1) of the Public Records Act, 1958

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by H. M. Customs and Excise, the Registry of Shipping and Seamen and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency between 1980 and 2005


Related material: See DCA, (Cardiff crew agreements)


Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used include Glamorgan Record Office finding aids

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2006. Amended November 2006


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