Welcome to PortCities Southampton, brought to you by Plimsoll - the digital maritime archive.
Find out about our site and the Plimsoll Project. Discover the archives and organisations that have come together to make some of their collections available here online. Get interactive with games and sound clips. There's also a handy help section, in case you get stuck.
Follow the events that shaped Southampton, its port and the shipping business over the last 200 years.
The Frank Bowen Collection of maritime press cuttings is a collection of national importance. Compiled between 1900 and 1950, it spans the golden age of British merchant shipping. It covers all aspects of commercial and naval shipping, including a day by day account of World War Two at sea. Formerly held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the collection has now been acquired by Southampton Maritime Library. It has been microfilmed and is now available to the general public.