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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:

  • What to Collect Next
    in 2016
  • The Oriana of 1960
  • Vessels of the Virginia Ferry Corporation
    (Part II)



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

Details are being coordinated now for a variety of activities in and around the Ship History Center for our Annual Meeting. Mark your calendars now and plan for an adventure in New England!

There is plenty to do in the maritime world in and around the Ocean State. Hotel room rates are $79 for SSHSA members at the nearby Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, and a special fundraising Ocean Liner Dinner is in the works. Pencil in an arrival date of Friday, May 13, 2016, and a departure date of Sunday, May 15, 2016. Call the Radisson today at 1-800-916-4339 to make your room reservations.


Ship History Center Open To The Public

Thanks to everyone who came for our open houses in November and December! Beginning in January, the Ship History Center at 2500 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, will be open for winter hours on two Saturdays each month. Drop in and see us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 9, January 23, February 13, February 27, March 19 and March 26.

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!

Dan Yorke State of Mind

Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News

Providence Journal

Providence Business News

My Backyard News


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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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