One who writes about ships.

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Home of the "Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy"
and of "French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1626-1786 and 1786-1861"
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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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Register of Ships of
the U.S. Navy:
Auxiliary Vessels

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

French Navy Ships,
From Sail to Steam

(Data from the French naval archives)
Now in a book!
Click for details.

U. S. Navy
Temporary Auxiliary Ships
of World War I

(Ship pages from the U.S. Navy's
Online Library of Selected Images
with new photos and updates.)

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.)

U.S. Navy
"Spring Styles"
1911-1925 and

(Preliminary design drawings by
the Bureau of Construction and Repair
and the Bureau of Ships)

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.
The "Spring Styles" drawings were added on 26 April 2015 and the World War I temporary auxiliaries section was added in May 2015
following the deletion of the Online Library of Selected Images from the web site of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

You may contact the author of the site at:

This entire site, including all its pages, is copyright © Stephen S. Roberts, 2001-2017 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.

Schuyler (left) and Abigail, 2011.

Schuyler (left) and Abigail fully grown, in 2011.