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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:

  • The Wilfred Sykes
  • Messageries Maritimes’ Three Musketeers
  • Sailing British India
  • Post-war American Freighters
  • Tribute to Andrew Sykora



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Chapter News


Delaware Valley Chapter News

The Delaware Valley Chapter’s May 21 meeting was held at the Red Dragon Canoe Club in Edgewater Park, New Jersey. Members enjoyed a picnic lunch, walks along the Delaware River and tours of the club's Shipman House, a Second Empire style mansion dating from the Civil War. Jack O'Byrne, executive director of the Camden Shipyard Maritime Museum, and his wife joined us and gave a presentation about the museum. The Chapter is planning to make a visit to the museum in the fall. Thanks to the Philadelphia Ship Modelers Society and RDCC members Ed and Pat Leaf for sponsoring the event.

On Sunday, June 25, there will be a ride on the Steamboat Floating Classroom SPLASH from 2 to 4 in the afternoon along the Upper Delaware River. Pete Burns, Chapter Secretary, is a licensed steam engineer and will be at the controls of the steam engine. Dinner will be at the Lambertville Inn.

Tentative plans are in the works for members to escort the Queen Mary 2 and other cruise ships out of New York Harbor on Saturday, August 12, aboard the 1930s vintage fireboat John Harvey.

The P&O cruise ship Aurora will make a rare weekend long visit this side of the pond September 9 and 10. As modern cruise ships go, Aurora is rather nice looking with her white hull and is slightly reminiscent of the good old Canberra. The September 9 cruise may also include a visit to Governor's Island.

Other events that are being explored by the chapter include a circumnavigation of Staten Island/Lighthouse Boat Ride sponsored by the National Lighthouse Museum, and a visit to the Battleship New Jersey.

Contact Chapter Chairman Steve Loveless at slloveless1959@gmail.com or 215-495-8889 for more details or if you are interested in joining. Click here for a copy of the Delaware Valley Chapter’s most recent newsletter.

Hampton Roads Chapter News

The Hampton Roads Chapter is looking for volunteers to assist in running the chapter. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Fletcher, Chapter Chairwoman, at efletcher11@cox.net.

Southern California Chapter News

SoCal Chapter has completed a delightful May 6 meeting that featured Scott Macdonald, who gave a presentation on his experiences with the Alaska Marine Highway ships. Nelson Arnstein also presented, offering his extreme photos of Queen Mary 2 in her new refit style.

The next chapter meeting will be held on August 5. Instead of gathering at the Queen Mary, the group will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Tilton. Terry will share stories and histories of some of the ships for which he has builder’s plates (and it is a stunning collection all on display in the house’s lower level). The exact date and location of the November meeting will be announced later and will likely be slightly different from the usual because of changes in room availability aboard the Queen Mary.

The SoCal Chapter is conducting an experiment using QR codes (at right). By downloading a free app on your smartphone, you can scan the code and be instantly connected with the chapter’s video on YouTube “The Life of an Ocean Liner.” Try it and let us know what you think of using such technology. Better yet, ask the younger members of your family to try it and let’s see what they think. This is an early effort on the chapter’s part to use social media and technology to connect with a younger audience and, hopefully, see the chapter growing into the decades to come. Usage statistics are being tracked to see if this could be a useful tool moving ahead.

The SoCal Chapter produces a journal/newsletter, Ocean Times, with several maritime history/current articles. It covers all aspects of powered vessels, both new and old, from early steamships to turbines, motorships, freighters, passenger ships, etc. Submissions are welcome, and the chapter delights in hearing about the experiences that members have had with ships and the sea. Contact Bruce Vancil for chapter information at steamer@pacbell.net. Yearly dues are $15 per individual, $20 per family (or for multiple persons at same address).

SSHSA Local Chapters

Delaware Valley Chapter
Contact: Steve Loveless, Chairman
Email: slloveless1959@gmail.com

Florida Suncoast Chapter
Contact: Matt Schulte
Email: mschulte@sshsa.org

Golden Gate Chapter
Contact: Norman Freitag, President
Email: njfreitag@mail.com

Hudson Valley Chapter
Contact: Matt Schulte
Email: mschulte@sshsa.org

Hampton Roads Chapter
Contact: Elizabeth Fletcher, Chairwoman
Email: efletcher11@cox.net

Long Island Chapter
Contact: Matt Schulte
Email: mschulte@sshsa.org

Southern California Chapter
Contact: Bruce Vancil, Chairman
Email: steamer@pacbell.net

Southern New England Chapter
Contact: Barry Eager, Chairman
Email: bweager@yahoo.com



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