Compendium of the World’s Passenger Ships 2017


The Compendium of the World’s Passenger Ships 2017 is a 200 page book now available. ISBN 978-1-5272-0513-0 It is a data listing of 1886 liners, ferries and cruise ships; every passenger carrying ship over 10000 tons dating from 1858 to the newbuilds out to 2020. It lists the launch name and any subsequent names, the dates in service, length, beam, speed, number of passengers, shipping company, builder and launch location. There are also 80 ships on order or under construction. With all the name changes, there are 4150 entries as well as a complete index.

For copyright reasons it will not be available as a complete electronic file. However, for every paper copy sold I can provide a file with a hyperlink for every ship so you can click on a live link, like the one lower down the page, and see where it is in the world as well as photographs of the vessel. All the other ships have links to websites providing a more detailed history with additional photographs. This makes it unique as it will be up-to-date as will the photographs. The price is £12 plus post and packaging; which is £14 in the UK, £17 in Europe (Euro19) and £19 to the Rest of the World ($US23, $Aus30, $NZ32).

If you would like to buy your copy or just express an interest, please message me at to ensure that I have your mailing address. Payment can be made by Paypal to or to my UK bank account, details of which will be provided once I have a mailing address.

If you only want the list of ships with their hyperlink, that can be emailed to you for only £5 ($US6.10), enabling you to do your own research.

For example, the information provided – in tabular form in the book

No.  Name  Dates  Age  Tonnage  Owner  Builder & Location   Fate

Length & Beam Speed Passenger Numbers

No. Subsequent name  Date  Owner 

No. 22 Statendam 1898-1927 29yrs  10,491 tons for Holland-America Line by Harland & Wolff, Belfast  Scrapped Genoa

162.8m x 18.2m 15 kts 1375 passengers 

22a Scotian 1911 Allan Line 

22b Marglen 1922  Canadian Pacific


740 Willem Ruys 1946-1994 48yrs 23,629 tons for Rotterdamsche Lloyd by De Schelde, Vlissingen  Fire, sank Indian Ocean

192.4m x 25.1m 24.6 kts 900 passengers

740a Achille Lauro 1965  Achille Lauro  


1720 AIDABella 2007-  69,203 tons AIDA Cruises by Meyer Werft, Papenburg In Service

251.9m x 32.2m 21.8 kts 2566 passengers   


AIDABella 2008 69,203 tons 251.9m x 32.2m 21.8knots 2,500 passengers AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft, Papenburg In Service…

Where is this ship?

While you are here, please look at my pages of liner, cruise ship, ferry and troopship photos via my website at

Thanks for visiting – more ship histories to be posted soon.

Don in Lytham St Annes

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