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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:

  • “Steamboat Bill and PowerShips: A Look Back Over 75 Years”
  • “Through the Lens of Byron Huart: Cruise Ships at New York”
  • “When Hudson River Towboat Companies were Family Businesses.”



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Ship History Center in the News

Marinelink and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are talking about SSHSA's center, which is now open for researchers and visitors by appointment.  Please call ahead to reserve a visit, at 401-463-3570.

Click here to read the CAMM story.

Click here to read about the center on Marinelink.

Dennis Hale, Shipwreck Survivor, Passes Away

Dennis Hale was SSHSA's recipient of the 2014 Samuel Ward Stanton lifetime achievement award, and the keynote speaker at that year's ShiPosium.  He was the sole survivor of the sinking of the Daniel J. Morell, which broke up during a storm on Lake Huron in 1966.  Hale toured as a speaker about his experience, and life, published a book about the ordeal and was featured in a documentary on Great Lakes shipwrecks.  SSHSA extends heartfelt condolences to his family. 

Click here to read more about Dennis Hale.




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