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Welcome to the World's Leading Organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the history of engine-powered vessels. Discover ship history through PowerShips magazine, the Image Porthole, and more!

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The SSHSA 2021 Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, October 23

Click here to download a ballot for the Board of Directors election


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PowerShips #318 is now available!

The Summer issue of PowerShips is landing in mailboxes across the country, but there's still time to renew or join to get it. Make sure you don't miss it!

Help us put another brick in the wall

We are continuing to build up the Ship History Center brick by brick thanks to the support of our members. Memorial bricks now line the walls at our headquarters, but there's still time to get your request in before the next order goes out.


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2021 Annual Meeting

The SSHSA Annual Meeting will be held virtually at 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, October 23. Members will be able to attend and participate via the Zoom videoconferencing app. Click here to register, and click here to download a Board of Directors election ballot.

Travel the world with two virtual presentations

Just because Labor Day is in our rear-view mirror doesn’t mean that summer vacation is over. Our friends at the World Ship Society – Port of New York Branch have invited SSHSA members to not one, but two virtual talks this month that will take you across the globe from the comfort of your couch.Click here to find out more.