Ship plan prints & scanning

Buy ship plans prints from the National Maritime Museum - we hold one of the largest single collections of original ship plans in the world, with one million plans dating from the early 18th century onwards. Our printed 'rolled plan' products are produced in colour to the scale of the original.

We offer special 'rolled plans' for customers needing technically accurate prints. Ship plans are printed in colour to the scale and size of the original plan, on a basic paper using affordable inks. 

Prices vary according to the dimensions of the original ship plan. We print directly from high-resolution master files to ensure a faithful reproduction of the original ship plan.

Finding a ship plan

Many ship plans in our collection are available via our print sales website. However some ship plans in our collection have not yet been digitised. Follow these steps to find a ship plan:

Search our print sales website. If the plan you are looking for is available you can order it online for home delivery:

Browse prints on demand

If the ship plan you are looking for isn’t available, contact the Ship Plans team with key information about the plan you are looking for, such as ship name, date of launch or ship type. If the Museum holds the original plan the team will provide you with the ship plan title and ID number.

Email: plansandphotos@rmg.co.uk

On receipt of ship plan details, contact the Picture Library team and make a request for the plan you would like to purchase.

Email: pictures@rmg.co.uk

Guide prices for scanning a ship plan 

The price of digitising a ship plan is in the table below. It takes two to three weeks from the date of order to deliver a digital file of the requested ship plan.

Order size Scanning fee
First ship plan (high resolution JPEG file downloadable via FTP) £70 + VAT
Additional ship plans (high resolution JPEG file downloadable via FTP) £50 +VAT per scan

Requesting a print

If the plan you are looking for is already available via our prints on demand service, you can order it online for home delivery.

Browse prints on demand

If you have ordered a digital file of a new ship plan, you can purchase a print once the digitised file is available at an additional cost. The order and transaction will be completed through the prints on demand service.

Delivery

Delivery is made within 14 working days of an order being made for prints. Prints are shipped using professional courier companies and you can track your order online. 

Customers receiving goods outside United Kingdom (Mainland) may be liable for duty charges levied in their own country.