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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:

  • Five Brilliant Hours on the Princess Marguerite
  • The Concrete Wreck
  • U-Boats in the Bahamas and Bermuda in WWII


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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 Research Center

The Steamship Historical Society archives covers a vast array of maritime topics and maritime 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 and audio recordings
  • 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.

SSHSA's archives, and research library of over 5,500 reference volumes and several thousand additional periodicals, is now open by appointment at our new facility in Warwick, Rhode Island.

***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.

Additional Resources:

A Cumulative Index of Steamboat Bill and PowerShips, 1940-2012

This index includes Steamboat Bill and PowerShips issues and articles published from 1940 through 2012. This 213-page PDF document is keyword searchable and available below.

To search this index: On your keyboard, press CTRL and F.  A search window will appear in either the lower left corner (for MAC users), or the top right corner (for Windows users).

Click here to browse the Steamboat Bill & PowerShips Index



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