Q. Historical Vessel Information Sources


  • Here are some sources for historical information on vessels:

    U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Census of Ferry Operators.

    Collection of summary tables that provide ferry operation data from a nationwide census of ferry operators along with other sources of ferry data such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Port State Information eXchange (PSIX) System

    Contains vessel specific information derived from the United States Coast Guard's Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement System (MISLE). The information contained in PSIX represents a weekly snapshot of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data on U.S. flag vessels, foreign vessels operating in U.S. waters, and Coast Guard contacts with those vessels.
  • U.S. Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command, Ship Histories Division

    Collects and maintains information on U.S. Navy ships; provides reference assistance to the Navy and the public; researches and writes the multi-volume Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    Official repository for records of the Navy, Coast Guard, and other government agencies.
  • National Park Service, Maritime Heritage Program

    Information on historic ships located in the U.S. and open for public visitation.



You may also find the following organizations helpful:

Historic Naval Ships Association
American Merchant Marine at War
Steamship Historical Society of America

(Note: These private-sector sites and/or organizations are not necessarily recommended, maintained, or endorsed by the US DOT or any US Government office. We offer these suggestions strictly as a convenience, should you be interested in exploring their services)


  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2016
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  • Answered By David Martin

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