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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 Empress of Britain
  • Sagafjord to Alaska
  • Modeling Queen Mary 2
  • Kate McCue’s Journey to the Bridge
  • Ship Research: The Basics



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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.

Membership in SSHSA


Join SSHSA as a member or renew your membership

Please consider joining or upgrading your membership to the $100 level.  Membership dues of $100 or more are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please consult your tax advisor.

*Note: Additional postage is required for international members for Tourist, Student, Household, and Cabin Class memberships.  Canadian members add $16;  international members, add $35.

Tourist Class ($50)

  • Four issues of PowerShips magazine and quarterly e-newsletters Ahoy! and The Telegraph
  • SSHSA Membership Card and free admission to the Ship History Center
  • Opportunity to publish in PowerShips magazine
  • Discounts on photos, research, and on select items in the SSHSA Ship Store
  • Optional membership in SSHSA chapters
  • Access to Members-Only features on the Image Porthole
  • Discounted registration to SSHSA’s ShiPosium and Annual Conference
  • Nominate a vessel for Ship of the Year and vote for Board of Directors

Student ($30) / Household ($55)

  • Same benefits as Tourist Class (*Note: Household membership equals one Tourist Class membership plus up to four family members.  One PowerShips is mailed per household.)

Library ($60)

  • All of the benefits of Tourist Class, with an additional contribution to help maintain our Research Library

Educator ($75)

  • All of the benefits of Tourist Class, with an additional contribution to help build and expand our interactive education program, "Steaming into the Future."

Cabin Class ($100) 

Approx. $50 tax deductible

  • All the benefits of Tourist class plus 10% discount in SSHSA Ship Store
  • Recognition as a Cabin Class member in SSHSA’s electronic newsletter, The Telegraph
  • One Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for complimentary admission to 80 maritime museums. To view a complete listing of museums, please click here.


Captains’ Circle

Members of the Captains’ Circle receive special benefits and recognition.  The following three levels receive:

  • Recognition as exclusive members in The Telegraph and PowerShips, and on our website sshsa.org
  • Official SSHSA Captains’ Circle certificates for all new Captains’ Circle members, suitable for framing*
  • Choose to omit benefits marked with * to increase the tax-deductible amount of your dues

MARINER ($200) Receive Cabin Class benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for two (2) at 80 maritime museums*
  • A maritime print of archival quality of your choosing from the Image Porthole*
  • Complimentary subscription to PowerShips sent from you to a library, school, or non-profit of your choice
  • Special invitations for SSHSA conferences and social gatherings
  • Receive your choice of one (1) free classic issue of PowerShips or Steamboat Bill (subject to availability; reprints may also be available for out-of-stock issues.)*

Approx. $120 tax deductible

COMMANDER ($300) Receive Mariner benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for three (3) to 80 maritime museums*
  • Two archival quality maritime prints of your choosing from the Image Porthole*
  • 20% off all Ship Store purchases
  • Note cards of images of fine vessels from SSHSA’s collections and archives*

Approx. $220 tax deductible

COMMODORE ($500) Receive Commander benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for four (4) to 80 maritime museums*
  • Three archival quality maritime prints of your choosing from the Image Porthole*

Approx. $430 tax deductible

To join or renew online, click here.



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