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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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SSHSA's Ocean Liner Dinner to feature Titanic, Bill Miller

Come join us in Rhode Island on Saturday, April 8, 2017, as we get together to pay tribute to the Titanic at our second annual Ocean Liner Dinner to benefit the SSHSA Ship History Center.

The subject of thousands of books, movies, television shows and even video games, there are few who haven’t heard some version of the liner’s tragic maiden voyage. But despite her tragic end, the Titanic’s story encompasses so much more than that one fateful night. She was an engineering marvel that inspired a number of shipbuilding innovations while she was under construction, and a grand representation of transatlantic travel at the turn of the century.

“Mr. Ocean Liner” Bill Miller will be our guest of honor for the evening, recalling some of the great Atlantic liners that crossed the ocean like floating palaces. Whether it was the suites and salons, the race for speed, the lavish interiors or the soldiers on board during wartime, there are thousands of stories that can be told about these mechanical marvels of their time. This is one event that you don’t want to miss out on.

Tickets are available right now for $150 each or $250 per couple. Call 401-463-3570 or email blucier@sshsa.org now to reserve a spot. Rooms are available at the Radisson in Warwick by calling 1-800-916-4339. We hope to see you there!

Ship History Center open by appointment

The Ship History Center at 2500 Post Road in Warwick, Rhode Island, is open to the public by appointment Monday-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 winter, and by appointment for research throughout the year. Give us a call at 401-463-3570 and set up a time to visit.

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