SHIPS LIST 1860-1911
Guidelines for tracing ones roots
Roots Projects and family histories
Sample Family Tree with Documents............ Blank Tree editable
Approximately 152,184 indentured Indians arrived under the scheme of indenture making a total of 384 trips. The first ship the Truro arrived on 16 November 1860 and the last ship, the Umlazi arrived on 11 July 1911, marking the end of the notorious system of indenture. The ports of Madras and Calcutta served as the points of embarkation. The area indentured Indians came from, their caste, employers and places of employment, indenture number, name, fathers name, age and sex are given with each entry. To facilitate search for these details, the ships are grouped into 14 segments (below) with starting and ending numbers. If one knows the indenture number then the details of the specific ship can be found by selecting one of the files below.
PRINTABLE SHIPSLIST (Most Important files that can be printed)
Below are 9 xl Shiplist files with documents and research projects attached (columns P onwards). So please submit documents for inclusion in these files via email.
List 1 : Indenture nos. 1-15000
List 2 : Indenture nos. 15001-30000
List 3 : Indenture nos. 30001-49999
List 4 : Indenture nos. 50000-65000
List 5 : Indenture nos. 65001-80000
List 6 : Indenture nos. 80001-10000
List 7 : Indenture nos. 100001-115000
List 8 : Indenture nos. 115001-130000
List 9 : Indenture nos. 130001-152184
Use this link to find passenger Indians : South African Indian Whos Who,
Use this Link for biography on Dravidians (Tamils and Telugus) ; Naidoo, BR : Our glorious heritage, a dravidian experience
Use this link to find biography on ealry educators : Natal Indian Teacher's Society Silver Jubilee 1925-50
Research Report - Bhana, S : Indentured Indians In Natal : a study based on ships list
Here is a list of books and references on the indenture system available at the Documentation Centre.