The volunteers in the Bartlett Centre manage many different research databases covering a wide variety of subjects. These are available to personal callers or to answer research enquiries.

Some of the largest databases are:

  • The National Small Boat Register
  • The Archives database lists some of the Museum’s main archives
  • The Yacht Design database lists a range of designs which have featured in leading magazines

These are all being constantly updated.

National Small Boat Register

Do you know of historic boat in slightly better condition than this one? This is a register of notable historic small craft (33ft LOA and below). They are owned by individuals, organisations, trusts or museums. All are noteworthy; some may be worthy of long-term preservation. We need your help The database probably represents only a…

International Vernacular Craft Database

The International Vernacular Craft database is a list of boats from around the world which are known to be in the UK. The vast majority are held in museum and other collections. Our favourite discovery from outside the world of museums was of a Sri Lanka boat which is part of a shop display on…

Yacht Design Database

Over the years yachting magazines have carried reviews of new yacht and boat designs. Some of these have gone on to become classics, others have not. The volunteers in the Bartlett Maritime Research Centre have trawled through eighteen different titles from as far back as 1891, and have extracted over 14,000 articles about individual boat…

Archives Database

Our collection of many of our boats and objects are on display for visitors to see. A less visible collection is our archive of boat plans, documents and photographs relating to the maritime history of Cornwall and the development and use of boats. Some of the archives are small – barely a single photograph –…

Known by Nunn

This database contains a wide range of images from prints of Cornwall, many of them of maritime subjects. The catalogue was built up over many years by Colin Nunn, proprietor of Maggs in Falmouth, a print and picture seller who developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of images of Cornwall. To help him remember all the variations,…