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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:

  • Bob-Lo Steamer Columbia
  • Hoboken’s Fifth Street Pier
  • A Hog Islander's Odyssey In World War II
  • Sailing (or Avoiding) The Exiles’ Line to India
  • U-Boats Off New England 1942–45
  • Ship Research, Part 2




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), the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program, and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.

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Third Annual Ocean Liner Dinner

Thought by many to be among the greatest of ocean liners, the Normandie was known for making passengers feel as though they were in the lap of luxury. Get a taste of that first-class lifestyle as SSHSA tips its glasses to the legendary ship and the entire French Line at the third annual Ocean Liner Dinner on April 7, 2018. Click here for the invite, or click here to purchase tickets!

Launched in 1932 with 200,000 onlookers, the Normandie’s special hull design helped her reach fast speeds with a fraction of the power of traditional liners. She held the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing at several points during her service career, during which RMS Queen Mary was her main rival. She is also said to be the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built. Technical aspects aside, her interior design was the stuff of legends. Sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs decorated the public spaces along with grand perspectives, spectacular entryways, and long, wide staircases.

Our Ocean Liner Dinner is gaining steam each year, with two fabulous evenings behind us already. Our inaugural RMS Queen Mary dining experience in 2016 was a splendid affair, setting the stage for this to become SSHSA's annual fundraising auction, dinner and festive gala. And those who attended this year's fun and excitement are still talking about the seven-course meal developed straight from White Star Lines' 1912 menu.

Come relive the golden age of ocean liners and help support SSHSA’s efforts to preserve maritime history. We’re planning some really special touches this time around, so trust us when we say this is one event you do not want to miss. Reserve your spot today!

Souvenir Program Booklet

Following in the tradition of the first two dinners, SSHSA will be publishing a commemorative photo history of the Normandie that will be distributed to the hundreds of attendees at this year’s event. Sponsorships are available for each photo, and can be customized with a company logo and a short message. This is a great way to support SSHSA and the Ship History Center, even if you can’t celebrate with us in Rhode Island on April 7.

Click here to see our tributes to the Queen Mary and the Titanic. This year’s program will feature some exquisite interior and exterior photos from the archives; act now to make sure you get your first choice! Click here to see a full listing of the pictures that are available, and email Don Leavitt at dleavitt@sshsa.org to lock in your selection. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Looking for a way to leave your mark on the world and support SSHSA? Board member Odd Brevik and longtime member Ed Spinney are spearheading a memorial brick program that will accomplish both.

SSHSA is establishing a memorial at the Ship History Center in Rhode Island to recognize the people, places and iconic vessels that have supported our organization throughout the last eight decades. Join us now and help make sure this impressive archive is around for generations to come.

Purchasing an inscribed brick is a timeless way to honor a ship, friend, family member or crewmate, past or present. Standard 4-by-8 inch bricks are $95, and a large 8-by-8 inch brick is $175, with logos $30 extra. Dozens of symbols are available, including all branches of the U.S. military anchors, atoms, boats (square rigger and yacht), fleur-de-lis, lighthouse, maple leaf, merchant marine, oars, ribbons (cancer awareness), SSHSA burgee and more.

By purchasing a brick, you are establishing your legacy at SSHSA and supporting the future of the organization. Proceeds will help sustain operations and grow membership. Click here to purchase a brick online or click here to download an application today!

(Photos: Odd Brevik (above) and Ed Spinney show off the first two bricks sold under the new memorial brick program.)

SSHSA in the News

Word about the public opening is making its way across television, radio and the web. See what the press has been saying about our Ship History Center!

Providence Business News - 5/12/17

Warwick Post 5/9/17

Cumulus Community with Bill Haberman (630WPRO)

CNN - 7 fabulous steamboats around the United States

Dan Yorke State of Mind

Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News

Providence Journal

My Backyard News





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