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Arrival Records 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 After 1920 - probably transcription errors Browse Days

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Aberdeen Harbour Arrival History

This site contains information about the arrival of vessels into Aberdeen harbour between 1914 and 1920. The data has been transcribed from harbour log books of the period.

Please read the Information page for details about the various assumptions that have been made about the data and any questions we are hoping the wider community can answer.

Transcription Progress

Records Transcribed

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28007 records have been transcribed.
26092 records checked by a second person.

Last update: 25 June 2021 00:01

Arrival Records

The transcribed arrival records for each year can be viewed via the following links:

1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920

On this day in history

Today in 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920

Date Weather
25-06-1914 Thursday 25th. Fine weather and smooth sea.
25-06-1915 Friday 25th. Fresh northerly wind and overcast sea rough miserable weather.
25-06-1916 Sunday 25th. Fine weather but showery.
25-06-1918 Tuesday 25th. Wind and weather same as yesterday.
25-06-1919 Wednesday 25th. Wind and weather same as yesterday.
25-06-1920 Friday 25th. Fine weather showery at times sea smooth and calm.
Date Vessel Number Registered Port Master Registered Tonnage Port of Origin Cargo Activity Fishing Port Registration Number Checked
25-06-1914 Princess Maud 1677 British Mackenzie 503 Dundee Light Yes
25-06-1914 St Clair 1678 British Mackenzie 349 Wick Light Yes
25-06-1914 Utopia 1679 British Smith 64 Kirkcaldy Coal Yes
25-06-1914 Sch Wallt 1680 British Williams 97 Dysart Coal Yes
25-06-1914 Sail Werewolf 1681 British Story 13 Bridlington Cruising Yes
25-06-1914 Aberdon 1682 British Ross 495 Seaham Coal Yes
25-06-1914 St Ninian 1683 British Williamson 292 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1915 Ballochbuie 1664 British Mitchell 395 Seaham Coal Yes
25-06-1915 Volana 1665 British Insley 252 Naval Base General Yes
25-06-1915 St Clair 1666 British Burgess 349 Scalloway Light Yes
25-06-1915 Femern 1667 British Ludvigson 335 Gothenburg Light Yes
25-06-1915 St Ronald 1668 British Scott 395 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1915 Earl of Aberdeen 1669 British Kelman 352 Newcastle Light Yes
25-06-1915 Tynesider 1670 British Milne 72 Hull Petrol Yes
25-06-1915 HMS Verona 1671 British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1915 James Crombie 1672 British Darrock 263 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1916 Stratforth British Gault 75 Dysart Coal Yes
25-06-1916 Aulton British Wright 257 Seaham Coal Yes
25-06-1916 Tay & Tyne British Grey 236 Newcastle Light Yes
25-06-1916 Ella Swedish Ohrstrum 675 Harnosand Timber Yes
25-06-1916 HMS Albatross British Arnold 877 Scapa Flow Light Yes
25-06-1916 Borderdene British Leek 56 Seaham Coal Yes
25-06-1916 Aardal Norwegian Amund 185 London Cement Yes
25-06-1916 HMS Macclesfield British Nick 535 London Light Yes
25-06-1916 St Clair British Burgess 349 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1916 St Fergus British Watson 144 St Margaret's Hope Light Yes
25-06-1916 Emity Swedish Launor 536 Harnosand Timber Yes
25-06-1918 Volturnus British Cartwright 252 Naval Base Light Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Newlands British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Barley Stalk British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Chieftain British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 ML84 British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Xenia British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 Thrift British Mackay 206 Seaham Coal Yes
25-06-1918 HMC Oliver British Jolly 144 Naval Put Back Light Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Emerald British 307 Naval Base Light Yes
25-06-1918 HMP Succeed British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Herring Gull British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Barley Stalk British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS F Arnold British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS L Curzon British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 Cheerio Lads British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Maid of Thule British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Feugh British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS TW irvin British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS James Archibald British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 Dan Stroud British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Boreas British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 HMMS Galvina British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1918 St Clair British Leask 349 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1919 Maggie Lough British Lough 65 Dysart Coal Yes
25-06-1919 HMMS Strathlochy British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1919 HMP Excelcior British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1919 Spray British Alves 375 Leith Coal Yes
25-06-1919 HMMS Louise British North Sea Cruising Yes
25-06-1919 City of London British Howe 577 London Light Yes
25-06-1920 St Ronald British Scott 395 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1920 Dubbie Braes British Brown 23 Dysart Coal Yes
25-06-1920 Janet Allan British Allan 36 Dysart Coal Yes
25-06-1920 Spray British Alves 375 Sunderland Coal Yes
25-06-1920 Aberdonian British Howe 757 London Light Yes
25-06-1920 Guardian British McKinlay 152 Sunderland Coal Yes
25-06-1920 St Clair British Gifford 349 Leith Light Yes
25-06-1920 Glen More British Morrice 23 Burntisland Coal Yes
25-06-1920 St Margaret British Leask 604 Stromness Light Yes

Column Definitions

Date
The date the vessel arrived at Aberdeen harbour
Vessel
Name of the vessel that arrived on the date
Number
Entry number in the log book
Registered Port
The port, or country, in which the vessel was registered at
Master
The person or company in charge of running the vessel
Registered Tonnage
Net registered tonnage of the vessel arriving
Port of Origin
The port that the vessel sailed from to arrive at Aberdeen
Cargo
What the vessel was carrying
Activity
What activity the vessel was carrying out. Note: this is extracted from the source transcribed cargo.
Checked
Has the transcription been checked by a second person

Vessel Types

HM Col
Collier. Coal for ship bunkers, sometimes they carried general stores or goods
HM Des
Destroyer
HM Tug
Admiralty or hired tug
HMGB
Motor Gun Boat
HDML
Harbour defence motor launch
HMAS
Armed sloop
HMBD
Boom defence vessel. Trawlers, drifters and fishermen ideal for handling torpedo nets etc used in defence of port entrances and large capital ships
HMC
Collier. Coal for ship bunkers, sometimes they carried general stores or goods
HMHS
Hospital ship
HML
Mine layer
HML
Motor launch
HMMB
Motor boat
HMML
Mine layer
HMMS
Minesweeper
HMO
His Majesty’s Oiler. Fuel oil carrier
HMP
Patrol vessel
HMQS
Q Ship, used as decoy to engage U-boats, masqueraded as unarmed. When U-boat surfaced they could fight back.
HMRT
Rescue tug
HMS
His Majesty’s Ship. Regular naval vessel
HMSL
His Majesty’s Small Launch
HMSML
Small motor launch
HMSS
Submarine
HMT
Hired Military Transport
HMTB
Torpedo Boat
HMTS
Hired Military Transport (maybe mis-type in transcription)
HMW
His Majesty’s Whaler
HMY
Hired or requisitioned yacht