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Document and Entity Information
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
shares
Document Information [Line Items]  
Document Type 20-F
Amendment Flag false
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY
Trading Symbol GSL
Entity Registrant Name Global Ship Lease, Inc.
Entity Central Index Key 0001430725
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Voluntary Filers No
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer
Class A Common Stock [Member]  
Document Information [Line Items]  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 47,575,609
Class B Common Stock [Member]  
Document Information [Line Items]  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 7,405,956