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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.

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Records Transcribed

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

Last update: 05 March 2021 22:01

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
05-03-1914 Thursday 5th. First part fine with wind at west, latter wind southerly accompanied by sleet. Sea smooth.
05-03-1915 Friday 5th. Fine weather throughout the day but showery. Sea smooth
05-03-1916 Sunday 5th. Boisterous weather. Snow Squalls. Sea rough.
05-03-1917 Monday 5th. The weather is of the wildest description heavy dangerous sea running frequent snow squalls.
05-03-1918 Tuesday 5th. Wind easterly, moderate drizzling rain, sea choppy.
05-03-1919 Wednesday 5th. Wind WSW weather fine sea smooth.
05-03-1920 Friday 5th. Strong Southerly wind and showery. Sea moderate.
Date Vessel Number Registered Port Master Registered Tonnage Port of Origin Cargo Activity Fishing Port Registration Number Checked
05-03-1914 St Ninian 582 British Williamson 273 Leith Light Yes
05-03-1914 Karthago 583 German Hesh 1738 San Pedro General Yes
05-03-1914 Aberdon 584 British Ross 454 Seaham Coal Yes
05-03-1914 Princess Maud 585 British McKenzie 658 Dundee Light Yes
05-03-1914 Frankland 586 British Herring 452 Sunderland Coal Yes
05-03-1914 Flying Scud 587 British Leith 64 Peterhead Towing Yes
05-03-1914 Caledonia 588 British Leith 16 Peterhead Repairs Yes
05-03-1914 Utopia 589 British Smith 64 Kirkcaldy Coal Yes
05-03-1914 Aberdonian 590 British Rose 747 London Light Yes
05-03-1914 Goldseeker 591 British Murray 65 North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1914 Firth 592 British Wright 163 Granton Coal Yes
05-03-1915 St Ronald 599 British Scott 395 Leith Light Yes
05-03-1915 Jamie Crombie 600 British MacNaughton 250 Leith Light Yes
05-03-1915 Advent 601 British Smith 530 Seaham Coal Yes
05-03-1915 Luddick 602 British Cruickshank 213 Middlebro Light Yes
05-03-1915 Earl of Aberdeen 603 British Barron 352 Newcastle Light Yes
05-03-1915 HMMS Queen 604 British North Sea Cruising GY1179 Yes
05-03-1915 Volana 605 British Insley 255 Scapa Flow Light Yes
05-03-1915 HMPS Laurel 708 606 British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1915 Helmsman 607 British Frear 206 Scapa Flow Light Yes
05-03-1915 HMS Albatross 608 British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1915 Sportsman 609 British Cole 270 Poole Light Yes
05-03-1915 Princess Victoria 610 British Cubbin 647 Dundee Light Yes
05-03-1915 Utopia 611 British Smith 64 Kirkcaldy Coal Yes
05-03-1916 Dunleith British Doyle 114 Middlesbrough Salt Yes
05-03-1917 Yes
05-03-1918 HMS Clover British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMML 83 87 British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Green Pastures British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Cameo British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Herring Gull British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS F Arnold British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Leeward British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 Cheerio Lads British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMS Eskwood British Asplit 318 Naval Base Light Yes
05-03-1918 Luddick British Mackay 216 Middlesbrough General Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS N Gow British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Janus British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Parkmore British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Geo Scott British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Bellerophon British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 Strathbran British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HM Des Tower British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 HMMS Green Pastures British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 Cromsin British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 ML80 British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1918 St Clair British Burgess 349 Leith Light Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Horizon British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMP Restless Wave British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 P Daisy Wood British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 Wm Inwood British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMY Batter British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 Luddick British Mackay 213 Middlesbrough Light Yes
05-03-1919 Gripfast British Kell 635 Newcastle Coal Yes
05-03-1919 Maureen British Adamson 1575 Tunis Phosphate Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Elas II British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Macbeth British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Wm Humphreys British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Wm Rivers British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Feugh British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Jas Archibald British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Chas Carroll British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS E Barker British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Jno Kentell British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS S Benbow British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Jas Bradigan British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1919 HMMS Roman British North Sea Cruising Yes
05-03-1920 M Lough British Lough 53 Leith Coal Yes
05-03-1920 St Ronald British Scott 395 Leith Light Yes
05-03-1920 Ferryhill British Ross 450 Grangemouth Coal Yes
05-03-1920 Brixham British Davidson 304 Blyth Coal Yes
05-03-1920 Cairnie British Grant 105 Methil Coal Yes
05-03-1920 Spray British Alves 373 Methil Coal 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