Official Ship Documentation: United States

Enrolments from American Great Lakes ports are available on microfilm from the US National Archives.  A thorough abstract of the enrolments can be found at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum hosted Gerald C. Metzler Great Lakes Vessel Database at http://www.greatlakesvessels.org.  

A set of transcriptions of some of the pre-1860 Great Lakes enrolments (including most of those surviving enrolments of steamboats) can be searched at: http://www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/enrolment/default.htm

Merchant Vessels of the United States 

An annual printed ship list has appeared since 1867 under the title Merchant Vessels of the United States.  The following is a list of those volumes that are online. Note the year in the listing ends on June 30th. The links that follow are all to copies at the HathiTrust. Many of these can also be found at Google Books and the Internet Archive.

1868https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330053
1870https://hdl.handle.net/2027/njp.32101068130812
1872https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529382
1873https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050636992
1874https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529457
1876-77https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529374
1877-78https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529366
1879https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529358
1880https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529358
1881https://hdl.handle.net/2027/chi.37052761
1882https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529341
1883https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529333
1884https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529325
1885https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529317
1886https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529309
1887https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659580
1888https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529291
1889https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529283
1890https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529275
1891https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529267
1892https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529259
1893https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529242
1894https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529234
1895https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529226
1896https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529218
1897https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529200
1898https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529192
1899https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659754
1900https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.a0002324671
1901https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529176
1902https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529168
1903https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529127
1904https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529150
1905https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529143
1906https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529135
1907https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529119
1908https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529101
1909https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529093
1910https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529085
1911https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105529077
1912https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105528517
1913https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105528509
1914https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659572
1915https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330078
1916https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330079
1917
1918https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105528491
1919https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659721
1920https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659614
1921https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050659739
1922https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044105528483
1923https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330085
1924https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330086
1925https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330087
1926https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330088
1927https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330089
1928https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330090
1929https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707308
1930https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330092
1931https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330093
1932https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330094
1933https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330095
1934https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330096
1935https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3330097
1936https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707076
1937https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707027
1938https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707019
1939https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707068
1940
1941https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707217
1942https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707118
1943https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707167
1944https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066706870
1945https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066706920
1946https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707266
1947https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707316
1948https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066707365
1949https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066706979
1950https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435066706821
1951https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143247
1952https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143239
1953
1953-54https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143221
1955https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143213
1956https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143205
1957https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143197
1958https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143189
1959https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143171
1960https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143163
1961https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143155
1962https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143148
1963https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143130
1964https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143122
1965https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027143114
1966
1967
1968https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027129808
1969https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027129790
1970https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027129782
1971https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027129774
1972https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435027129766

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