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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:

  • Tribute to the Queen Mary
  • The Space Ship Hamburg
  • The Russian Steam Frigate Kamschatka
  • Museum Profile: Hudson River Maritime Museum



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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 in Warwick, RI, 02886.  We're open to the public every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through June.  Visitors are also welcome to schedule an appointment to tour the facility or use the archives.

Spring Open Hours:

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


SSHSA's Archives

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

  • 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.


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 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. 

Search or browse our library in our online catalog.

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.***

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




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