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March 15, 2013
Coming to ShiPosium? Bring your Family too!
February 15, 2013
Coming to ShiPosium?
Bring your family too!
Long Beach, CA / May 2-5, 2013
ShiPosium is not just a conference – it’s a great way to have some fun, meet other members, and see some of the things that make us all love ship history. Register today to hold your spot!
While our members get their fill of all things maritime at the Conference, there is plenty of fun for friends and family over the weekend.
Start the weekend early with tours and a special President's Reception
Let’s start with our host vessel. If you arrive on Thursday, May 2, you'll have time to explore. The Queen Mary offers one of the last opportunities to delve into a classic ocean liner. On their own, the art deco décor and the cambered decks are well worth a visit. Add to that the “Legacy of a Princess” exhibit or one of the night time historic or paranormal tours, and you’ve got something for everyone. Of course, you and your family can enjoy these tours anytime during the weekend if you don't have time on Thursday!
Then, join SSHSA members for a casual yet elegant President's Reception on the QM, with open bar! Its a great way to meet other members who are in town for the conference and to ease your way into the weekend.
On Friday, enjoy the ShiPosium...or some of the other things Southern California has to offer.
Is your significant other interested in ship history also? Sign them up for ShiPosium and bring them along! Click here to learn more about the ShiPosium.
If not, there are plenty of activites in the area to keep your guests busy (distance is from the Queen Mary):
Disney Land - 30 minutes/27 miles
Aquarium of the Pacific - 5 minutes/1.5 miles
Hollywood - 40 minutes/31 miles
Runyan Canyon Park - 40 mins./35 miles
Corks Away Wine Adventures - 20 mins/8 miles
Catalina Express - 5 mins./2 miles
Knotts Berry Farm - 30 mins./25 miles
Russian Submarine Scorpion - adjacent to the QM
Click here to learn more about attractions in the Long Beach area.
After the ShiPosium on Friday, enjoy our Friday night reception on the USS Iowa where you can get a look at the only bathtub ever installed on a Navy warship, fitted for FDR for his journey to the Tehran Conference. This reception is sponsored in part by the USS Iowa and by Mt. Gay Rum. Take a tour, have a sip, and enjoy the view from the deck of the battleship. This special reception is exclusively for registered attendees only, so make sure to sign up your significant other for the Full Conference or ShiPosium Only options.
Saturday: Time for a little bit of everything!
After the morning ShiPosium sessions, on Saturday afternoon you'll find a range of things to do, both on your own, or planned by SSHSA. We’ve arranged transportation to nearby San Pedro with free admission to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the Lane Victory Victory Ship for all registered attendees. You can also pre-purchase special tickets for a unique harbor tour on the tug Angels Gate (pictured here, from lamaritimemuseum.org), or explore the famous “Red Car Line,” a vintage trolley linking the World Cruise Center with attractions along the San Pedro waterfront (the cost to ride all day is only $1.00!) We can also offer discounted group tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific – sea otters, anyone?
A highlight of the conference is the Saturday evening Award Banquet at Gladstone's Restaurant, located in the heart of Long Beach's waterfront development district (easily accessible by the free Passport bus). The banquet includes a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, awards ceremony, and keynote speech. Photo from gladstoneslongbeach.com.
Wind Down on Sunday
On Sunday join members for our annual members meeting with a special presentation by Martin Cox, founder of MaritimeMatters.com. Then, take a group trip to the home of maritime collector and historian, Peter Knego (an SSHSA member, contributor to MaritimeMatters.com, and ShiPosium presenter), for a special tour of his ocean liner collection and refreshments. Join with your fellow SSHSA members to see firsthand this extensive and impressive collection.
If you prefer, explore Southern California on your own before you head home. Either way, we encourage you to bring your family with your for some vacation time in the Golden State! Click here for the official Long Beach, California Visitor's Guide.
Register today online and reserve your spot for this year's events! Special hotel rates at the Queen Mary are available but only for a limited time.
February 15, 2013
By CDR John Hamma
At this time I am happy to report that we have just completed a very successful and productive Board of Directors’ Meeting during which we laid out our plans for the upcoming year and for 2014. We are undertaking a major initiative to improve our societal value by expanding on the “dissemination” element of our mission statement: to record, preserve and disseminate the history of engine-powered vessels.
The initiative recognizes that dissemination of information is increasingly being performed through the Internet and various electronic venues. We also recognize that the youth of America is both the future of our society and is more attuned to electronic media than I (personally) and perhaps many of you are. We will reach them via initiatives in all venues – electronic, hands-on, personal interaction. This is exciting to me for sure, but long range.
A closer exciting event is our ShiPosium II, scheduled for Long Beach, California, aboard the RMS Queen Mary, from May 2 through 5. Following our very successful, interesting and entertaining weekend aboard NSSavannah and ShiPosium in Baltimore last May, we will again present case studies of historic ships that are currently endangered, safe, or “iffy.” The presenters share their efforts to preserve their favorite, most times passionately favorite, ship from oblivion. They share their successes, failures, frustrations, and hopes for the future with other presenters and attendees, and we all benefit from a greater insight in how we go about preserving ship history.
We enjoy social gatherings. This year there is a President’s Reception aboard the Queen Mary, a ShiPosium Reception aboard the USS Iowa (BB-61), the banquet with the awards presentation, including the Ship of the Year Award, and optional activities that include a ride aboard historic Los Angeles Harbor tugboat Angels Gate, a presentation by maritime artist Ken Marschall, and a visit to the home of Peter Knego, a member and one of the great collectors of artifacts from 20th century passenger ships that have been scrapped in Alang, India and other locations (I’ve been to his home – it will “knock your socks off” – and he is a most gracious host).
If you are a member of the Steamship Historical Society of America, you should have received your Winter issue of PowerShips. Included in the package was a registration form for the ShiPosium and the rest of the Long Beach events. If you are not a member, 1) I would encourage you to join and enjoy PowerShips four times a year and also access to members-only features on our website, and 2) go to the website, www.sshsa.org, and register for the Long Beach meeting (and while you’re there, join the Society – you’ll not only save money on the ShiPosium registration, but also enjoy all the benefits of membership throughout the year).
If it sounds like I’m “high” on the Society, yes, I am. It’s the best of everything a ship enthusiast could want – incredible collections that encompass all facets of engine-powered vessel history – a fantastic publication, photos, plans, brochures, post cards, models, hard-metal objects – and most of all, the opportunity to interface with others who share interest in the same things.
As always, I invite you, and any members or friends with whom you keep in touch, to contact me at any time with your thoughts, questions or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My address is 7959 Eastridge Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941-7855. My phone is 619-466-4854. I particularly love to talk with members and share interests and thoughts on how we can make the Society better.