This list of X-Lighters has been collated and compiled by George Robinson and is based on original research and information by/from by the late Henry Higgs, Philip Simons, Dr. Ian Buxton, David Asprey, David Mallard, Bill Rutland and Les Reid.

Also drawing on data from …

Lloyd’s Register of Shipping

The Shipyard Lists of the World Ship Society

‘Marine News’ the journal of the World Ship Society

‘Everard of Greenhithe’ K. S. Garrett / World Ship Society

‘Metcalf Motor Coasters Ltd. 1924-1965’ / P. N. Quartermaine / World Ship Society

‘Cambrian Coasters’ R. S. Fenton / World Ship Society

‘R. Lapthorn & Company Limited’ K. S. Garrett / Ships in Focus

‘BP Tankers – a group fleet history’ Harvey & Solly / Chatham Publishing

‘A Sideways Launch’ (history of James Pollock & Sons) Anne Salmon / Meresborough Books

‘Rowbotham’ Rev. A. Huckett / World Ship Society

‘B.E.F. Ships before, at and after Dunkirk’ John de S. Winser / World Ship Society

‘Tees Packet’ the Journal of the Teesside branch of the World Ship Society

The original Clydebuilt database from Clydesite (now incorporated into

‘X Lighters – The Black Beetles’ website by David Mallard