SSHSA Ship History Center
The Steamship Historical Society Ship History Center is located at 2500 Post Road in Warwick, RI, 02886. We're open to members and the general public Wednesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment for research Monday-Friday. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment to use the archives.
SSHSA's archives covers a vast array of maritime topics and history relating to the United States, and world shipping. They include:
SSHSA's Image Porthole
An industry leading tool currently in place is our Image Porthole. More than 60,000 digitized maritime photos are currently available online via the SSHSA Image Porthole
Since its launch 2008, more than 60,000 "lost" pictures of ships, ports, and people now have been preserved, digitized and presented online. In addition to photographic images, the porthole is home to digitized posters, paintings, and artifacts.
SSHSA members can interact with the Image Porthole database and help us identify these images and items. General public may login as guests and view the images.
Visit www.sshsaimageporthole.org to access SSHSA's Image Porthole.
SSHSA's Maritime Library
The library includes volumes about shipping lines, specific vessels of military and merchant classes, war, immigration and genealogy, as well as periodicals, reference materials on marine engineering, the merchant marine, and shipping registers.
Please refer below for a list of the registers available in our library:
Lloyd's Registers: 1764, 1774, 1790, 1800, 1812, 1820, 1844, 1848, 1851, 1853, 1861-63, 1873, 1878, 1882-1883, 1886-1888, 1893, 1897-1898, 1900-1901, 1907-1999.
Lloyd's Register of American Yachts: 1914, 1922-1926, 1929-1942, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1969, 1976, 1977.
Record of American and Foreign Shipping: 1897, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1909-1910, 1913-1915, 1918-1967, 1971, 1974-1975, 1979-1981, 1986-1996.
Merchant Vessels of the United States: 1868-1870, 1875, 1881, 1883-1965, 1968-1979, 1981, 1989.
***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.***
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