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The Skeleton Closet

Welcome to
Davey Jones' Locker

the online shipping database and search service belonging to The Skeleton Closet


I only have about 5% of the information in my shipping database currently online. It is not feasable for me to put the whole database online, as I am constantly working on it, adding new information almost daily. Therefore, you may find yourself faced with a message telling you that a page no longer exists or with my
"Laid up for Re-fit" page.

I am currently in the process of a complete overhaul of this site. This takes time. I have a lot of other things to do as well as look after this site. If you do not find what you are looking for, please email me with your query.

I am happy to do look-ups for you at any time.


However, please observe the following when sending me a lookup request:

  1. Please give as much information as possible when sending a request for information. Just saying that so and so came to Australia in such and such a year is not enough. Be specific wherever possible.

  2. Give at least the state into which the person or ship came. I have information on many of the ports in Australia, and it is easier to look stuff up if I have some idea of where to start the search.

  3. The types of information I have available include: Ship names, often with dimensions, builders name and date of building; arrival in Australia and point of departure with dates in most cases; passenger lists - many are incomplete and in a lot of cases nothing at all, some with names that may very well be incorrect; what happened to the ship eventually in some cases; in some instances I have information about what the passenger did for a living prior to emigration and sometimes their ages - but not in all cases. It should be noted here that I still have a lot of work to do on this database and that not all the information that I have is in electronic form.

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