Maritime - Official Records
Classed as ‘Public Records’, many of the collections created in
government departments and selected for permanent preservation have
now been deposited in places which ensure the records will be of
local interest. Hull History Centre therefore houses collections
which are both of local interest and national importance.
These include collections such as C DPD - Records of Associated
British Ports and its predecessor bodies (1776-c1970),
which gives a broad survey of the history of the economic,
commercial and archaeological development of the Port of Hull and
elements of that of the wider Humber estuary.
Recording details of vessels and their ownership from 1804
onwards, Shipping registers at C DPC
1804-1994 cast light on the transition from sail to steam
and indicate how and when ships were converted for use during the
two World Wars.
Hull has a rich fishing and maritime past and many seamen have
passed through the port of Hull during its long history. The Hull
History Centre holds 25,500 fishing vessel crew
agreements for fishing vessels operating out of Hull
between 1884-1914 at C DPF.
In addition, the Centre holds the Records of the
Water Bailiffs 1569-1874, at C WB. The
Water Bailiffs were officers appointed by the corporation (borough
council) of Hull to collect various dues on shipping owed to it as
owner of the Old Harbour – the mouth of the River Hull which served
as the port from the Middle Ages until the opening of the first
enclosed dock by the Hull Dock Company in 1778.
Complementing the records at C WB, we hold the
Customs Bills of Entry covering the period
1832-1971 (incomplete). They are the customs
records for ships entering the port of Hull.
The Hull Port Sanitary Authority was established in 1873 to
oversee health and sanitary conditions of the vessels using the
port, their crews and passengers. These records at C
WHG cover the years 1873-1991.
The right to exercise admiralty authority in the Humber was
granted to the Borough of Hull by letters patent in 1447 by King
Henry VI. The records of the court set up to administer this right
are held at C JA Records of the Hull Court of Admiralty
Information about records of welfare organisations, fishing
and associated records, records of shipping companies,
collections relating to the whaling industry and details of
useful websites are also available.