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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




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Ship History Center now 0pen weekly

The Ship History Center at 2500 Post Road in Warwick, Rhode Island, is now open to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday-Friday. Come and see hundreds of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records and memorabilia that tell the extensive history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and their crews! Entrance is free for SSHSA members, with a suggested donation of $8 for the general public.

The Ship History Center will also be open for special events on Saturdays this fall, and by appointment for tours and research throughout the year. Give us a call at 401-463-3570 and set up a time to visit.

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Steam yacht lecture on September 24

Summer may be coming to a close soon, but there’s still lots to look forward to here at the Ship History Center. We’ll be kicking off a series of fall programs beginning with a great lecture about ship preservation on Saturday, September 24, at 1 p.m.

There have been many stories about efforts to save historic ships lately, from the SS Columbia to the SS United States. Come hear the story of one man who took on a renovation project of his own, literally rescuing a historic vessel from the bottom of a river.

SSHSA member Sandy Thomson will recall his work to restore the Wanda III, the largest steam yacht in Canada when she was built and a reflection of the grand style of living enjoyed by the upper class. It took five years to get her moving again and nearly 20 years of work overall before Sandy was ready to donate the vessel to the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society in Canada.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited and you must reserve a seat in advance. Many of our events have filled up quickly, so register early by calling SSHSA at 401-463-3570 or emailing blucier@sshsa.org.


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)

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Dan Yorke State of Mind

Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News

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