A new way to research vessels

ShipIndex.org simplifies how one researches a vessel. We find valuable resources that serve as quality reference material for ships and put every mention of a vessel in that resource into our database.

  • Search hundreds of resources at once
  • Over 3 million ship citations indexed
  • Once you know where your vessel is mentioned, we'll help you find that resource
  • Purchase access just for yourself, or gain access for your institution

Our database was born from necessity. You can read about our background and how in his efforts to do ship research, Peter used his own experience to create a powerful new tool so that others wouldn't have to repeat his difficulty in their research. Of course it wasn't just him and his brother Mike; plenty of people helped in making this product what it is.

We have indexes from books, journals, websites, databases, CD-ROMs, magazines, and other resources included in our database. One search here and you are searching all those resources for your vessel, all at once. And when you find citations for the vessel you are looking for, we will help you find the resource they are mentioned in — either though a library or by locating it in stores.

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Please email us a note at comments (at) shipindex.org; we're always game to get questions, feedback, praise, and we even appreciate a little constructive criticism now and then.

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Ithaca, NY, 14851. 

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ShipIndex.org tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching. With 153,649 entries in the free database and 3,143,629 entries available with premium access, you're bound to find useful information here.
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A note about searching:
Searches will match both ship names and the citation text by default. There are many options for crafting your query outlined on the searching help page.
A note about icons:
Frame means the resource includes an illustration of the ship
Featherpen means the resource includes a main entry about the ship
Scroll means the resource includes a passenger or crew list for the ship

Star icon means the resource is in the premium database
New means the resource was added in the past 45 days
Dollar means the resource requires an additional subscription to access
Book means the resource is a book
Journal means the resource is a journal (magazine) or journal article
Newspaper means the resource is a newspaper
Web means the resource is a native online resource (digitized books or journals are still noted as 'book' or 'journal', even when they're accessed or accessible online)
To see all the books, magazines, and online resources included in this index, check the Resources page.