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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)


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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.

SSHSA Ship History Center

The Steamship Historical Society Ship History center is located at 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI, 02886.  We're open to the public every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm.  Please check back as we adjust open hours for the spring.  Visitors are also welcome to schedule an appointment to tour the facility or use the archives.

Winter Open Hours:

Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SSHSA's archives covers a vast array of maritime topics and history relating to the United States, and world shipping. 

The archives includes: 

  • ship plans, line drawings and blueprints
  • ephemera such as brochures, newspaper clippings, tickets, advertisements and posters
  • film, video and audio recordings
  • objects, artifacts and fine art, including paintings in the Posner Virtual Museum
  • images such as photographs, negatives, positives, glass slides and color projection slides. A portion of our image collections have been digitized and can be accessed online through our Image Porthole.
  • our maritime research library, comprising of books on immigration, steamship lines, war history, and shipping registers. Click here to search SSHSA's library catalog.

***Please note that not all of the collections in the archives are processed (or documented), and so certain requests for information or specific items may take time.  Please state the urgency or any relevant deadlines upon requesting information or research time.***

 Click here to request research or a photo search, or to request more information.




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