maritime library

maritime library:: Maritime history – e.g. historic new zealand vessels and steam ships & maritime collections of art treasures. NZNMM merchandise and publications.

collection of books contains maritime library information on many vessels including photographs.

Maritime personnel: We hold an Index to Masters, Mates and Engineers 1866-1921 (New Zealand) and Lloyd’s Captains Register 1869 (British). Watt’s Index contains an index to captains and the Comber Index lists captains of passenger vessels 1839-1889. The Auckland Harbour Board archive contains lists of personnel from 1871.

Auckland Harbour Board Archives from 1871 on. Prior to 1871 the Port of Auckland was administered by the Auckland Provincial Council. Those records are held at the Auckland Central City Library. There are some Auckland Harbour Board archives held by the Auckland Regional Council. The archive includes Index of Arrivals and Removals 1924-1985, an index of all incoming andoutgoing ships to Auckland. The archive also includes photographs (mostly unlisted), correspondence, minute books, etc. etc.

Printed collections

A collection of around 5000 books on maritime matters including navigation, voyaging, ships and boats, commercial shipping, yachting and maritime crafts. The main emphasis is on New Zealand’s maritime history but the coverage is international.

Lloyd’s Register of Ships from 1834-1999.

Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory 1873-1951 (incomplete)

The Register of Australian and New Zealand Shipping 1875-1949 (incomplete)

Lloyd’s Register of Yachts 1932, 1954-1986 (incomplete)

The library has in its collections early runs of rare maritime periodicals for example The Rudder, Blue Peter, The Yachtsman, Yachting, Mariner’s Mirror, Hunt’s Yachting Magazine, Nautical Magazine.

Boat plans
The Museum holds collections of boat plans by renowned designers. These include Bert and John Woollacott, Brian Donovan, Bob Stewart, Bailey and Lowe, and the Brooke family, as well as other miscellaneous plans. There are various conditions on the use and reproduction of these items.


There are large collections of photographs of commercial ships in the Auckland Maritime Society collection, arranged by Shipping Company. Also there are many albums of photographs of ships of all types, including interiors of passenger liners.

We have a collection of lantern slides of Henry Winkelmann photographs, mostly of yachts c1905 in the Royal maritime library NZ Yacht Squadron collection.

It is our intention to transfer the photograph collections into digital form and create a database of vessel photographs.


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