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Aberdeen Built Ships Project


Aberdeen Maritime Museum receives thousands of enquiries from all around the world about ships that were built in Aberdeen. Many enquiries are from family history researchers tracing the ships built, owned or sailed by their ancestors. The aim of the project is make information about Aberdeen's shipbuilding heritage accessible to the widest possible audience by creating this website.


You can use this site to search for information about any of the nearly 3,000 recorded ships built in Aberdeen since 1811 and to see what objects are held at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. We have gathered information about these ships from the shipbuilder’s yard lists; our library of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, from local resources such as the Press & Journal newspaper archives and from the memories of local people associated with the shipyards of Aberdeen. We have digitized a large number of objects from Aberdeen Maritime Museum so that photographs, ships plans and other related material are also available to look at online. This project is ongoing and with the help of volunteers from The Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums more research is being carried out to add to this site.


This project is produced and supported by Aberdeen City Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Hilda Duthie Bequest, a legacy from the famous family of shipbuilders. If you have any questions about this project or about ships built in Aberdeen please use the contacts below. For further information, please visit the Aberdeen Built Ships Project website.


  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum Shiprow

    AB11 5BY
    Phone: 01224 337700