These exploratory vizualization tools provide you with the possibility to explore different aspects of our database on maritime voyages. 

To find out the content of the processed data, consult the page “sources“. 

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed: do not hesitate to contact us at the following address: interfaces[at]


Explore the sources on ship voyages of our database and the degree of completude of the variables 

Explore the routes of a given captain or a given ship 

With this tool you will get acquainted with the four main sources on ships’ voyages from/to a French port of the Navigocorpus database which we used in Portic. This vizualization tool make it possible to get information on digitilized and missing sources, and on the degree of completude of the most important variables. This is relevant in order to use the data correctly. After setting your filters, you can also export the image or the link to it. 

Through this tool you can select a captain or a ship and vizualize its route in time and space. The color of each leg qualifies its degree of certainty, on the basis of the overall information  of our database (a future declared destination can be confirmed or not by the presence of the next declaration).  

The identification of ships and captains and data curation is still in process, do not hesitate to get back on a regularly bases to check updates.

Exploring statistically aggregated data

This visualization allows you to observe the distribution of trips according to the variables of your choice. 

You can among other filter variables of vessel tonnage, flag, date of departure, place of departure and arrival. You can select a port or a group of ports, or all ports belonging to a French admiralty, a French province, or a state). 

Details of the travels are also available in the form of a table that can be manipulated online and exported.

The two sets of represented data are, for the year 1787,  the departures from French ports according to the registers of the admiralty offices (G5) and the entrances at Marseille according to the Health Office.

Our previous prototypes

Search for a captain or a vessel
Viewing data from a map

This is our first prototype of a visualization providing you with the possibility to search for a specific captain or ship in the database. 

If the search relates to a ship-name, you can see the distribution of ships of this name according to the ship-type and her flag, and then select one item and view her routes.

If you search a captain, you will be able to visualize his route on a map. 


The interface provides the possibility of restricting the search by date, flag, type of vessel.

This prototype tool allows you to study the distribution of port activities and flows. 

This visualization also allows you to take into account the completeness and the degree of uncertainty of the data in the database. We chose however to develop another other tool (see above)