Navigocorpus online

Navigocorpus is a data-base on shipping and maritime trade which allows the collection of data issued from sources of different nature providing information on the presence of ships or their movements in time and space. Information derived from the sources are stored as a list of chronologically ordered points (ports or high-sea points). Any kind of information items (taxes paid, cargo items loaded and unloaded, commercial operations, sea hazards, characterization of the ship, etc.) is linked to the correspondent point. (See detail on project on hypotheses)

Search in Navigocorpus database:

Navigocorpus online offers the possibility of querying the database through two different, complementary tools: 1) a query on the online version of FileMaker, and 2) a query online for users who have a File Maker 12 licence on their computer. Please note that although all these tools give access to the same database, they differ as far as the online accessible fields are concerned:

  1. The online query on FileMaker is being tested. Some tables (notably cargoes) are not avaiable yet. To query the database, click here (please note that this part of the site is still under improvement - help files are notably forthcoming !)

  2. The query online for users who have a File Maker 12 licence (or FileMaker 13) on their computer. This version allows access to all tables and fields, including cargoes and actors (shipowners, consignees, etc.), of Navigocorpus database. To learn how to access to the full database, click here.

Before querying the database, please click here to understand its basic structure.

To acces present-day content, click here.

Click here to consult the last version of the Navigocorpus Database Manual (in french).

Statical data

On the 1 June 2014, the online database contains:

  • a total of 184594 points. A point is defined as a place through which a ship sailed, characterized by a date and an action (clearance, arrival, passage, capture, loss, etc).
  • a total of 75469 documentary units. A documentary unit is defined as a single entry in a given source.
  • 1522 different navigation points.
  • 20700 different  ships (recently added data are still being processed).Ships are defined here as identified vessels which can pass though many points.
  • 20400 different captains (recently added data are still being processed). Captains are defined here as identified individuals who are at the command of a ship.
  • 790 different registred harbours. Registred harbour refers to the place mentioned in the sources as the place to which the ship belongs.


Featured publications

  • DEDIEU, Jean Pierre; MARZAGALLI, Silvia; POURCHASSE, Pierrick ; SCHELTJENS, Werner. « Navigocorpus, a database for shipping information. A methodological and technical introduction », International Journal of Maritime History, XXIII, No 2, décembre 2011, pp. 241-262. Read article.

  • DEDIEU, Jean Pierre; MARZAGALLI, Silvia; POURCHASSE, Pierrick; SCHELTJENS, Werner. « Navigocorpus at work. A brief overview of the potentialities of a database », International Journal of Maritime History, XXIV, No. 1, juin 2012, pp. 331-359. Read article. Open Table.

  • DEDIEU, Jean Pierre and MARZAGALLI, Silvia. "Dealing with commodities in Navigocorpus. Offering tools and flexibility", European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, 12 April 2012. Read draft article. (to be published end 2014 in the OFCE journal)

  • DEDIEU, Jean Pierre and MARZAGALLI, Silvia. "Partage d'expériences. Navigocorpus, un corpus de sources pour l'histoire de la navegation à l'époque moderne", La lettre de l'INSHS, janvier 2013. Read article.

  • MARZAGALLI, Silvia, « Types d’embarcations entre Gênes et Marseille à la fin de l’Ancien régime. Quelques aperçus à partir de la base de données Navigocorpus », Cahiers de la Méditerranée, n° 84, juin 2012, p. 325-333. Read article

  • PFISTER-LANGANAY, Christian et MARZAGALLI, Silvia, « La navigation des ports français en Méditerranée au XVIIIe siècle: premiers aperçus à partir d’une source inexploitée », en collaboration avec Christian Pfister-Langanay, Cahiers de la Méditerranée, n° 83, décembre 2011, p. 273-295. Read article



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Silvia Marzagalli, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis - Pierrick Pourchasse, University of Brittanny (Brest) - Jean-Pierre Dedieu, LARHRA, CNRS, Lyon
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