Official Ship Documentation: Canada

Original Ship Registers

An abstract of ship information which includes most of the surviving ship registers in Canada can be found in the Naval Marine Archive’s Ships database.

Most of the surviving manuscript registers were microfilmed at Library and Archives Canada and are available via the Héritage site of Canadiana.ca.  A handful have not yet been digitized. This collection reproduces the microfilm.  Unfortunately, a number of reels are titled by only one of the array of registers on that film. The links below are to the first reference for that port

Montrealhttp://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_134562

Note: Due to an odd twist in British Imperial and provincial legislation governing vessel registration, for over 20 years American hulls could not be placed on the provincial registry, but could be registered on the British imperial registry, the closest port being Montreal.  Consequently, many vessels built in the United States and bought by Canadians could only be registered in Montreal even though they were incapable of transiting the locks of the Welland or St. Lawrence canals. Many Canadian vessels registered in Montreal occasionally or routinely traded on the Great Lakes.

Belleville: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3191/686

Bowmanville: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3188/265

Brockville: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2471/550

Chatham: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2472/96

Cobourg: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3184/259

Deseronto: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2470/565

Dunnville: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2470/369

Erieau:

Goderich: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3188/389

Hamilton: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2465/103

Kincardine: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2471/640

Kingston:

Napanee: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2471/453

Newcastle: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2471/477

Oakville: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2470/445

Port Rowan:

Picton:

Port Arthur: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3188/633

Port Burwell:

Port Dover: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2471/73

St. Catharines:  http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c1214/3

Southampton: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2058/15

Toronto:

Wallaceburg: (C-3191) http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3191/565

Note: additional volumes of registers were reported on C-1214, C-3185 and C-1473 that were not located on the digitized versions of those reels  

Whitby: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2470/527

Windsor: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3187/5

Notes: 

Owen Sound: reported to be on C-7635 which appears to be all Toronto

Port Stanley:  T-12336 (not digitized yet)

Milford: C-390 (not digitized yet.

Ports in Ontario not on the Great Lakes:

Lindsay: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3188/318

Ottawa: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2472/166

Peterborough: http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c3191/429

Canada Shipping List

The Canada Shipping List went through a variety of titles, and was only published intermittently before 1901. In 1917, the first pages of the List covered the international Rules of the Road, and the specific set for the Great Lakes.

1877: http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.9_08052_11_3/18

1886: http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.9_08052_20_14/751

1895: http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.9_08052_29_8/819

1898: http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.9_08052_33_10/34

1901: https://archive.org/details/sessionalpaperso369canauoft/page/n337

1902: https://archive.org/details/sessionalpaperso379canauoft/page/n29

1903: https://archive.org/details/sessionalpaperso389canauoft/page/n29

1904: https://archive.org/details/sessionalpaperso399canauoft/page/n341

1905: https://archive.org/details/n09sessionalpaper40canauoft/page/n793

1906: https://archive.org/details/n09sessionalpaper41canauoft/page/n235

1907: https://archive.org/details/n10sessionalpape42canauoft/page/n803

1908: https://archive.org/details/n12sessionalpaper43canauoft/page/n341

1909: https://archive.org/details/n12sessionalpaper44canauoft/page/n169

1910: https://archive.org/details/n14sessionalpaper45canauoft/page/n133

1911: https://archive.org/details/n15sessionalpaper46canauoft/page/n897

1912: https://archive.org/details/n16sessionalpaper47canauoft/page/n121

1913: https://archive.org/details/n16sessionalpaper48canauoft/page/n531

1914: https://archive.org/details/n17sessionalpaper50canauoft/page/n49

1915: https://archive.org/details/n17sessionalpaper51canauoft/page/n409

1916: https://archive.org/details/n13sessionalpaper52canauoft/page/n345

1917: https://archive.org/details/n09sessionalpaper53canauoft/page/n313

1918: https://archive.org/details/n08sessionalpaper54canauoft/page/n167

1919: https://archive.org/details/n07sessionalpaper56canauoft/page/n147

1921: https://archive.org/details/n07sessionalpaper58canauoft/page/n39

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