Welcome to Three Decks

This site is the culmination of several years of collecting naval data from the age of sailing ships.

There are currently 21,534 ships, 23,890 seamen, 929 actions/battles and countless other items listed on this site

To see a breakdown of ships by nation and category follow this link (may take a few seconds to load)

It all started when I was unable to find accurate, or even any, information on the armament of sailing ships for my wargames. This led to the creation of a few spreadsheets with some data, and eventually to collaborating with Manu and others on the 3decks Wiki. In turn that caused me to update my spreadsheets into a database. The restrictions of the static wiki format, mainly with huge number of pages that have to manually created and the fact that all links need to be updated individually, has led me to want to place the data I have collected onto a dynamic, database driven, site.

This is that site, I hope you find it useful

If you have any comments, corrections, suggestions, questions or additional information just email me on

Please use the menu above to find what you want, I hope this will be self-explanatory, but if you need help feel free to ask.

Updates to the website

I have decided that it is worthwhile starting a list of changes to the website. This will cover functional changes, not changes to data, and is aimed at letting you know of new aids you might find useful

  1. 24th June 2011 - Added shipyard, builder and designer to the ship search filter options
  2. 7th November 2011 - Fixed a bug in the recent updates reporting. It now really does tell you what has been changed recently
  3. 21st December 2011 - Added 1st commission dates for Lieutenant, Captain and Admiral to the results list for crew searches