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WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC.

Each entry in WorldCat represents books by and about specific vessels. Unlike other resources in, these are books that are primarily about vessels, not just books that mention vessels. In addition, some books are "by" vessels, which means they are logs, manifests, or journals that describe voyages of the mentioned vessel. The 2021 update includes many new vessel entries from citations created for “a collection of 69 albums of pictures, postcards, and newspaper cuttings donated to the State Library of Western Australia in July 1961”. Unfortunately, a lot of the ship names are misspelled. While it’s sometimes easy to see what the actual vessel name is – and in those cases I’ve corrected it, while maintaining the name under which the image was cataloged – usually, it’s not easy to know the correct name. If you can offer a correction, please let me know, as I welcome a chance to improve these holdings. (Please note that I can only correct them in ShipIndex; I cannot correct them in WorldCat.)

WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. With millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries, it is the largest and most comprehensive database of its kind.

Special thanks to Lorcan Dempsey, Thom Hickey, and others, for suggesting and then generating the file containing these ship Identities. I have received several updates to this file through the years; the most recent update was imported in March 2021, though the file was generated by OCLC a bit earlier than that.