There are some excellent sites on the web which detail the largely unrealised and unrecognised part the Merchant Seamen played in World War II. There are other sites which give advice and information on researching seafaring ancestors and ships. Below is my list of recommended web sites:
Sites with particular reference to 'Fort', 'Park' or 'Ocean' Ships
WW2 Merchant Navy Sites
Other WW2 Standard Built Ships
Merchant Navy Sites
Other WW1 and WW2 websites of particular interest
I am being increasingly asked for sources of ship photographs and so I am putting together a list of known suppliers of Fort, Park and Ocean ship photographs. If anyone knows of any others, please let me know.
The maritime museums are a good source
I again appeal for copies of photographs that you may have in your photograph albums.
Model Ship Building
I am frequently asked where plans can be obtained for model ship building. The following information may be of interest:
In S C Heal's book "A Great Fleet of Ships The Canadian Forts and Parks" there is a fold-out copy of the original plan from which the Forts, Parks and Oceans were built. The scale is 1 inch to 16 ft.
North Vancouver Maritime Museum sent me the following information (June 2003):
"We do have some plans of WW II ships These are a part
of our collection of Versatile
1. General Arrangement and 2. Midship Section for the North Sands ships, and
1.General Arrangement and 2.Inboard Profile and Tank Top
for the Victory ships.
Catalogue No. MAR2812. Price £14 (about $32 Canadian) plus
If anyone can add to this list, please contact me.
The books I have used in my research are listed below:
Heal, S.C., A Great Fleet of Ships, (Vanwell Publishing Ltd 1999, ISBN 1-55125-023-3)
HMSO, British Merchant Vessels Lost or Damaged by Enemy Action During The Second World War (HM Stationery Office, 1947)
HPC Publishing, Shipping Today & Yesterday, (HPC Publishing Jan. & Feb. 1999 issues)
Lloyds Register of Shipping 1943-1944
Lloyds War Losses for WWII
Lloyds Captains' Register
Mitchell, W.H. & Sawyer L.A., The Oceans, the Forts and the Parks: Merchant shipbuilding for British account in North America during World War II (Sea Breezes, Liverpool, 1966) Now out of print.
Rohwer, Jurgen, Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two (Greenhill Books 1999, ISBN 1853673404)
Sharpe, Peter, U-Boat Fact File (Midland Publishing Ltd 1998, ISBN 1857800729)
Slader, John, The Fourth Service: Merchantmen at War 1939-45 (Hale 1994, ISBN 0709048483)
Tennent, Alan J, British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses To Axis Submarines 1939-1945 (Sutton Publishing Ltd 2001, ISBN 0-7509-2760-7)
Young, John M., Britain's Sea War: A Diary of Ship Losses 1939-1945 (Patrick Stephens 1989, ISBN 185260 042X) Now out of print.
Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff - Agreements and Crew lists of the Fort Longueuil, survivor statements. These records have now been transferred to the Public Record Office.
National Maritime Museum - Research information
Canadian War Museum - Information on the Fort Longueuil
Canada Science and Technology Museum - who granted permission to use the following photographs:
.... to all those who have helped me in my research. Initially my queries were in regard to the Fort Longueuil and it's last voyage, but through the generosity of a lot of people, I gathered a sizeable amount of information on the Fort Ships which has been used to produce this site.
.... to those who have donated photographs for use on this web site. If anyone else wishes to donate photographs of any of the ships listed on this site, I would be very grateful.
.... for visiting 'The Fort Ships of WW2' website. Please leave a message in the Guestbook or email me direct.
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