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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:

  • Ode to the Pacific Princess
  • Post-World War II cargo ships of the Alaska Steamship Company
  • The Ironclads: Trials and Tribulations
  • Sunoco Shipbuilding,
    Part 1
  • A History of Bahamian mailboats




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Ship History Center now open 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.

Note: The Ship History Center will be closed November 23-25 for Thanksgiving.

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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!

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