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The authoritative magazine of the history of engine-powered vessels and the legacy of man's journey on the world's seas and waterways.

In this issue:

  • Passenger Liners through the Golden Gate
  • The Grand Saloon and Victorian Propriety
  • The Stella Solaris
  • Remembering Grace Line's 'M' Ships
  • The Sinking of the Andrea Doria on July 26, 1956




Funding for the SSHSA educational outreach program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Annual Meeting and Ocean Liner Dinner

Saturday May 14, 2016 at the Ship History Center & SAMI


Thank you very much to all who attended and supported this event!  

Click here to view pictures from the dinner and events of the weekend. 


Ship History Center Open To The Public

Thanks to everyone who has come out for one of our open houses! Haven't had a chance to stop by yet? The Ship History Center at 2500 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, will be open by appointment Monday-Friday throughout the summer. Give us a call at 401-463-3570 and set up a time to visit.

Entrance is free for members, with a suggested donation of $8 for the general public. Come see what the Steamship Historical Society of America has to offer!

Click here for directions and contact information.


SSHSA in the News

Word about the public opening is making its way across television, radio and the web. See what the press has been saying about our Ship History Center!

Cumulus Community with Bill Haberman (630WPRO)

CNN - 7 fabulous steamboats around the United States

Dan Yorke State of Mind

Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News

Providence Journal

Providence Business News

My Backyard News


See Our Ad in various Railway magazines?

With such a long history of cooperation between railway and steamship travel, it should come as no surprise that our collection contains information on more than just ships. For example, our online Image Porthole has more than 2,000 pictures of trains and rail-related images available to view right now. Become a member today for discounts on photo purchases and to join the online community that is helping us identify some of these important pieces of history.

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