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The 2022 edition is now available in .pdf format (illustration says 2020 - but it is updated) and is a data listing of 2100 liners, ferries and cruise ships; every passenger carrying ship over 10000 tons dating from 1858 to the new builds out to 2027. 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 about 1000 vessels out of service, 950 in service and 150 ships on order or under construction. With all the name changes, there are 4500 entries. 

It is only available as a 'searchable' electronic file, to include the latest changes. The price is £50, or US$63. I can accept payment in Sterling, Euros or in US $ via PayPal. Please ask on the message pad below, ensuring that I have your email address. Payment can be made by Paypal to 

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


1922 MSC Bellissima 2019- 167,600 for MSC Cruises by Chantiers de l'Antique, St Nazaire due in Mar-2019

 Floated out 02-Jul-2018 315m x 43m  5686 passengers   



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About me.....I've always been interested in passenger ships, watching them as I grew up in

Singapore, Aden and Cyprus and then at school in Dover. I am now retired, pursuing my life

interest having amassed a vast collection of shipping books, particularly on ocean liners of the 

20th Century, and latterly cruiseships. Since writing the initial paper version of The Compendium 

of the World's Passenger Ships in 1991 and starting the passenger history service in 1999, I have

been asked to contribute towards projects for television, the film industry in America, novels and 

several reference books.

69,203 tons
251.9m x 32.2m
2,500 passengers
AIDA Cruises
Meyer Werft, Papenburg