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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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26153 records have been transcribed.
15772 records checked by a second person.

Last update: 28 October 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
28-10-1914 Wednesday 28th. Same weather continues. No other remarks.
28-10-1915 Thursday 28th. Fresh South East gale accompanied by heavy incessant rain. Sea rising making navigation extremely dangerous.
28-10-1916 Saturday 28th. Strong South East wind with rain heavy swell in Channel.
28-10-1917 Sunday 28th. First part wind S west and showery latter wind NNW & fine weather.
Date Vessel Number Registered Port Master Registered Tonnage Port of Origin Cargo Activity Fishing Port Registration Number Checked
28-10-1914 Thrift 2211 British Mackay 208 Blyth Coal Yes
28-10-1914 HMMS 118 2212 British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1914 HMMS 510 2213 British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1914 Redhall 2214 British Ross 353 Shields Coal Yes
28-10-1914 Firth 2215 British Wright 163 Leith Coal Yes
28-10-1914 Silver City 2216 British McDonald 203 Leith Light Yes
28-10-1914 Dunleith 2217 British Auld 111 Leith Coal Yes
28-10-1914 Utopia 2218 British Smith 64 Berwick Coal Yes
28-10-1914 Ballochbuie 2219 British Falconer 395 Sunderland Coal Yes
28-10-1915 HMDes Flying Fish British Yes
28-10-1915 Thrift British Mackay 208 Blyth Coal Yes
28-10-1915 HMMS Asia British North Sea Cruising H829 Yes
28-10-1915 Spray II British Lawerance 580 Sunderland Coal Yes
28-10-1916 HMS Clover British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1916 Vulture British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1916 HMMS Semirmas British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1916 HMMS Sea Sweeper British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1916 Braeneil British Patterson 186 Lossiemouth Light Yes
28-10-1916 City of London British Howe 575 London Light Yes
28-10-1917 HMCol Gripfast British Keel 635 Naval Base Coal Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Macbeth British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Boreas British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 Dan Stroud British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Feugh British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS TW Irvin British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS J Archibald British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Green Pastures British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS F Arnold British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Maid of Thule British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Lord Curzon British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 Cheerio Lads British North Sea Cruising Yes
28-10-1917 HMMS Herring Gull British North Sea Cruising 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