Once upon a time, the British Merchant Navy was bigger than the rest of the world’s tonnage added together. Unfortunately, not so today. The reasons behind the decline of Britain’s merchant shipping are numerous and not a topic for consideration in this web site.
Our aim is to seek out, consolidate and preserve the rich history and traditions of the British Merchant Navy as a lasting tribute to the men and women who have served in any capacity under the red or blue ensigns. We are an island race and, without our merchant fleet, times could have been very, very, hard.
Over the coming years we aim to fill the below with the names of shipping companies and ships. When a name is there then so is the history, the stories and the photographs.
We don’t intend to limit our research to the large well-known companies either; the small companies were and are just as important.