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The British Shipbuilding Database is the first large ship database to use the GSN system. Core data on British built ships can be found, which can be used as a first port of call. Sufficient information is shown to show if the right ship has been found, for example the 1915 battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH or the 1940 liner QUEEN ELIZABETH. Searches by Name (as built or subsequent), (British) Official Number and GSN are currently possible using the Search Bar at the top of the screen.

BSD was started by the late John Raper from a card index of over 100000 ships. Together with Ian Buxton of Newcastle University and some initial funding from the Economic & Social Research Council, a comprehensive database system has been developed using Superbase software. It currently records data on some 80000 ships built or engined ships in the British Isles from the mid 19th century to the present. The underlying database includes more information such as construction dates, dimensions and machinery details, where available. It is being continually expanded using sources hitherto little used such as Lloyds Register survey reports. At present the GSN system displays ships over 2500 tons built between 1840 and 1970, but it is being extended to cover smaller vessels as records are checked.

For further information on BSD, contact Prof Ian Buxton of the School of Marine Science & Technology at Newcastle University at: Ian.Buxton@newcastle.ac.uk

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