The Lloyd's Register

The Association of Yachting Historians wishes gratefully to acknowledge the kind assistance of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd in allowing the Association to scan and republish material from the annual Register of Yachts and associated publications. All the data contained on the USB memory stick remains subject to Lloyd’s Register’s copyright.

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To order the Lloyd’s Register USB stick please download/open the order form here , complete the form on your computer, save it and email it to: usb-lloydsregister@yachtinghistorians.org . A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you on receipt of your order form and payment. The memory stick will then be sent to your address.

The cost for the USB stick is £70 including postage and packing, this should be paid via bank transfer to: 
Account: Lloyds Bank - Association of Yachting Historians
Account number: 00914753
Sort Code: 30-97-21
IBAN: GB39 LOYD 3097 2100 9147 53
Ref: USB1 and your surname
Please add USB1 and your surname as a reference when making the transfer and include this reference on your Lloyd’s Register order form 



No data contained on the USB memory stick may be published without the written consent of the Association of Yachting Historians Publications Ltd.

A brief history of the Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register of Yachts was published annually from 1878 to1980, except during the two World Wars. Although the amount of information on each yacht evolved over the years, in essence it provided details of construction, dimensions and ownership of most pleasure craft, as well as identifying those which had been subject to a Lloyd’s survey. The annual registers were usually updated during the year by the issue of supplements. These listed new vessels, changes of ownership or recorded the fate of vessels. It was up to the owner to provide the information. Certain designers and builders as a matter of course provided the necessary details and the dimensions they gave were accurate. Data provided by owners could be less so.

Initially, it was intended that the register should contain all sailing yachts irrespective of size. In 1948 it was decided to place a lower limit of 300 square feet of sail area or 25 ft waterline for power vessels. If the vessel belonged to a subscriber then no limit applied. In 1974 the limits were increased to 350 square foot of sail area or 27 ft waterline respectively. The first volume detailed some 1,400 yachts. By 1980 the figure had risen to 12,000. The explosion in popular yachting in the 1970s meant that the Register was unable to keep all the entries up to date and in 1980 the decision was taken to cease publication. Subsequently, from 1981-2003, a Register of Classed Yachts was produced.

From 1910 onwards the registers listed all the International Rule Metre boat classes by country. From 1879 to 1904 some 1,600 pages provided data on American Yachts – many American yachts also appear in the later registers.







Honorary Members :
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, KCB; Rear Admiral Roy Clare, CBE; Clare Francis, MBE; Lt. Cdr. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD, RNR; John Rousmaniere; Mikkel Thommessen

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