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  • Family History Crew | P&O Heritage


    P&O and its subsidiary companies have employed thousands
    of crew and shore staff across the world.

  • Family History Passengers | P&O Heritage


    P&O ships have carried many millions of passengers,
    emigrants and tourists since our foundation in 1837.

Family History Research Guides


Our Passenger and Crew research guides will point you in the right direction and help you on your way.



We DON'T  hold passenger lists, but records of passengers travelling to and from the UK between 1890-1960 were recorded by the Government. Explore our research guides to access passenger lists online.


Crew agreements were made with the ship's owners and subsequently filed with Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen - see our research guides

Our Shipping Companies

P&O acquired many shipping lines
worldwide - find out more about
some of them in our Company Histories.


Simple Ship search

Search our archive of nearly 2,500 ship fact sheets.

Guide to ships fact sheets

CADIZ in Chinese waters

P&O Collection

We have a unique collection of over 25,000 items. Browse our galleries and exhibitions online.

Workmen putting up P&O's new neon sign in the 1950s

P&O History

The P&O story began 180 years ago. Find out more in our History section.