Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters


There's many a story to tell . . .

Masters, crew, a stowaway or two; passengers, cabin, saloon and steerage; births at sea, deaths at sea; deserters; vessels with one crew and one passenger and those with 70 crew and hundreds of passengers; simple single sail boats, barques, brigs, large steam ships; whaling voyages, regular coastal passenger trips, voyages from other Australian ports, London, San Francisco, China and other exotic ports - you will find them all here. 

The lists on this site are being transcribed from the State Records Authority of NSW Reels of the Shipping Master's Office, Inwards Passengers Lists . . . . . . are added to weekly.

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If you know the Vessel name you are seeking but not the date - try the Index to Vessels Arrived into Sydney from 1837 to 1925, before returning here to check for crew and passengers.

Shipping records from early Australian Newspapers The Shipping Gazette & Sydney Trade Journal shipping columns. Use your back button to return to main Mariners site.

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It is with great pleasure I acknowledge the generosity of the wonderful genies, from all over the world, who have joined me, at different times during the past nine years, to help make more names available for Genies everywhere, especially for their time, patience and skills. Over 600 have come and gone, all have given whatever they could include in their already busy lives, be it five or five thousand - they have been appreciated.

I wish you well with your research and hope you find at least one of your 'missing' among these pages. Hopefully these pages will prove to be a regular port of call for you and I look forward to hearing about your successes. Don't forget to check the link at the bottom of each Ship's list !

Every care possible has been taken with these records but, as usual, remember to check original sources of **everything** for yourself. And . . all puns found are intended !!

G'luck and g'looking from Mary-Anne Warner.

State Records
Immigration and Shipping