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Every subject area has unique and specialist types of information, which mean that you need to look beyond Library Search. Some types of information are accessed via specialist databases, for example newspapers, while others are available online.
Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives have rich collection of maritime history. Their user guide contains details of the kinds of material held in their archives relating to Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering, Ships Outfitting,Ship Repairing, Ship Registration & Professional and Employers Association.