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Archives and Museums
Maryport Maritime Museum
The museum is on the harbourside in Maryport at 1 Senhouse Street, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 5AB. Check the Museum Website for details on the collection and opening hours.
The Beacon - Whitehaven Museum
The museum is on the harbourside in Whitehaven at The Beacon, West Strand, Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7LY . You can search the museum catalog for details of the collection, which includes a good seclection of Lloyd's Shipping Registers.
Gibbon, Ronald T."To The King's Deceit": A Study of Smuggling in the Solway. Whitehaven, Cumbria: Friends of Whitehaven Museum. 1983. (48 pp.). Provides history, with strong emphasis on 18th century. Smuggling virtually ceased in 1855 with equalization of duties on English and Scottish sides of the Border.
Jackson, Herbert and Mary. Seagoing West Cumbrians. Maryport, Cumbria: Hirst-Jackson. 1995. (108 pp). Articles about ships and ship building in Maryport, Workington, Harrington and Whitehaven. Includes a listing of vessels belonging to Whitehaven 1765-1884, identifying those built locally and those built elsewhere. Well illustrated.
Jackson, Herbert and Mary. West Cumberland Sail and Steam. Maryport, Cumbria: Hirst-Jackson (n.d. 1992?). (12 pp.). 62 photographs with brief captions of ships and shipping people in Allonby, Silloth, Workington, Whitehaven, Harrington, Brocklebank's of Whitehaven, Ritsons of Maryport, Holme Shipping Line of Maryport, Maryport
Sawyers, William. A List of the Cumberland Shipping - Corrected to February 1840. Comptroller of Her Majesty's Customs at the Port of Whitehaven. Republished: Beckermet, Cumbria: Michael Moon. 1975. (38 pp.). Lists vessels for Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Harrington and Carlisle. For each vessel provides: name; type of vessel; tonnage; when, where and by whom built, number of vessel, name of master; names of owners. Also lists duties to be paid on goods moving in and out of the harbours, especially extensive for Whitehaven.