One who writes about ships.

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Home of the "Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy"
and of "French Navy Ships, 1816-1859"
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Also: "Steel Shipbuilding under the U. S. Shipping Board, 1917-1921"
by Norman L. McKellar of Tamworth, Australia
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Click on a photograph or a link to enter the corresponding portion of the site.

Register of Ships of
the U.S. Navy:
Auxiliary Vessels

(A large digital reference work,
complete for this period.)

Norman L. McKellar

Steel Shipbuilding
under the U. S.
Shipping Board,

(A major shipslist from The Belgian Shiplover, with updates. Also includes wood and concrete shipbuilding.)

French Navy Ships,
From Sail to Steam

(Data from the French naval archives)

References on
U. S. Navy and
Merchant Ships

(Ship registers, wartime shipbuilding and ship acquisition programs, peacetime ship movements)

This page is the entryway into the Shipscribe domain, owned and operated by Stephen S. Roberts.
Construction of this site was interrupted by the death of the author's wife, Sue Goetz Ross, on 27 March 2002.
The reference tables and the French Navy section were added in mid-2004 and intensive work on the auxiliary vessels register resumed in late 2005.
The article by Norman L. McKellar was added in 2007 with the kind permission of Mrs. Hazel McKellar.

You may contact the author of the site at:

This entire site, including all its pages, is copyright © Stephen S. Roberts, 2001-2013 or later as indicated.
The article by Norman L. McKellar is copyright © Hazel McKellar, 2007.
All photographs that originated from U.S. Government collections or that have U.S. Government file numbers are believed to be in the public domain.

Unique visitors since 1 May 2006:

Ashley and Bradley

The author's two feline helpers:
Ashley, 13 June 1994 - 9 December 2006 (left)
Bradley, 14 May 1994 - 30 June 2008 (right)

Sue Goetz Ross and Ashley.

Sue Goetz Ross and Ashley.

Abigail and Schuyler

The author's new feline apprentices:
Abigail (left) and Schuyler (right)
Both born 8 May 2008 and in residence 2 August 2008

You can see more feline pictures by clicking this link to "ships cats" on Flickr
"Ships cats" was brought up to date and otherwise enhanced in May 2009.