Guildhall Library

The Guildhall Library staff will undertake only limited research in response to written enquiries only and expect you to be able to give them the name and date of service at least before they will agree to do a search they do not offer a full research service but are by and large helpful within the limits of their available time. Note that some of the registers may not be copied at all due to their fragile condition, and that in any case, a black and white photocopies are inadequate as the registers have colour coded entries.

Most of the registers have been filmed, and should be available at large archives worldwide which have a maritime section. You should be aware however that some of them have been very badly filmed and can be virtually illegible this is not the fault of the originals which are perfectly clear.