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With Question Marks Vessels Masters Cargos Registered Ports Ports of Origin

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

This website is part of the CodeTheCity 19: History + Data = Innovation and CodeTheCity 20: History and Culture events. It's very much a work in progress playground for extracting and presenting the historical vessel arrival information.

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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

16982

16982 records have been transcribed.
15692 records checked by a second person.

Last update: 09 August 2020 10:31

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
09-08-1914 Sunday 9th. Fine weather and smooth sea.
09-08-1915 Monday 9th. Fine weather but foggy.
09-08-1916 Wednesday 9th. Same weather Continues with thick fog.
09-08-1917 Thursday 9th. First part wind southerly latter wind northerly fresh, sky overcast and gloomy.
Date Vessel Number Registered Port Master Registered Tonnage Port of Origin Cargo Activity Fishing Port Registration Number Checked
09-08-1914 Sportsman 1562 British Cole 230 Hull Light Yes
09-08-1914 St Clair 1563 British Burgess 349 Wick Light Yes
09-08-1914 HMTB Liffey 1564 British North Sea For Despatches Yes
09-08-1915 Fermern Swedish Ludvigsen 335 Gothenburg General Yes
09-08-1915 HMY Verona British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1916 Prss Dagmar British Taylor 316 Liverpool Light Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Rodino British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMML 83 British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMML 86 British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMML 83, 86 British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMBD Scottish Belle British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMBD James Bentole? British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Princess Helena British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Goodhope British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Blossom British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Gowan British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Vanguard British North Sea Cruising Yes
09-08-1917 HMMS Provider British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Majestic British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMML 83 British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HM Des Manners British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HM Des Doreen British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Brutus British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMS Skeldon British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS James Archibald British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Feugh British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Boreas British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS TW Irvin British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Blossom British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Gowan British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Vanguard British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Provider British North Sea Cruising
09-08-1917 HMMS Majestic British North Sea Cruising

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