Shipping Registers, Ports of Newport and Chepstow

Scope and Content

Port of Newport records, 1824-1949, comprising registers of ships and transactions, 1824-1938, list of ships registered, 1824-1905, annual account of ships, 1857-1870, annual and quinquennial registry returns, 1892-1949; Port of Chepstow records, 1786-1919, including registers of ships, 1786-1881, 1919, register of transactions, 1855-1919, appropriations book, 1855-1880.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Port of Newport is located at the mouth of the river Usk to the south of Newport, Monmouthshire. In 1896 the Port of Newport was the third largest in the world for the exports of iron, steel and coal. The Port of Chepstow was situated on the River Wye. It declined during the 19th century, ceasing to be a customs port in 1882, and was then included within the jurisdiction of the Port of Gloucester.


Arranged into the following: Port of Newport; Port of Newport additional deposit; Port of Chepstow.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by H. M. Customs and Excise, Newport, under sec. 4 (1) of the Public Records Act 1958, 1980.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Shipping Registers, Ports of Newport and Chepstow; Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport (Newport, 1998); Waters, Ivor, The Port of Chepstow (Chepstow, 1989).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are in Gwent Record Office, D2795 (Ships' Record Books).

Geographical Names