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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:

  • 'Mini Liners' of the 1930s
  • Alcoa's Combination Liners
  • The Ferry Binghamton: 1905-2017
  • Preana: One of Australia's Oldest Steam Vessels
  • Ship Research, Part 3: Flags at Sea & Funnel Marks



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Chapter News


Delaware Valley Chapter News

The Delaware Valley Chapter meets at The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River. Membership is $15 for one year. Contact Chapter Chairman Steve Loveless at slloveless1959@gmail.com or 215-495-8889 for more details or if you are interested in joining. Click here for a copy of the Delaware Valley Chapter’s most recent newsletter.

Golden Gate Chapter News

The Golden Gate Chapter visited downtown Redwood City and the San Mateo County History Museum on December 9. The visit focused on the current World War II exhibit on San Mateo County, including the wartime Western Pipe & Steel Shipyard in South San Francisco. Visitors viewed the large models crafted by Charles Parsons in the "Ships of the World" gallery. More information on the museum and its exhibits is available at www.historysmc.org.

Chapter dues for 2018 remain at $6 in United States and $9 for foreign addresses and includes six chapter meetings and field trips each year, as well as an 8-page newsletter mailed every two months. For more information, call chapter President Norman Freitag at 510-276-7520.

Southern California Chapter News

On November 4, 2017, the chapter enjoyed the annual Fall Tea in the Queen Mary’s historic Verandah Grill. Situated far aft on Sun Deck, this was once the most exclusive dining room on the Atlantic. Now restored with some additional space, it serves as a catering venue popular with business meetings and wedding receptions. This was quite a change from the usual meeting space in the Caronia Room, the former Tourist Class Cinema located several decks down and well forward.

The 30 members present enjoyed Mark Perry’s presentation of a video from a converted slide show presentation of the final voyage of the Queen Mary, with a soundtrack from a phonograph record that included the beeps that told you when to change the picture (left over from old technology days). The presentation was in celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Queen Mary’s arrival in Long Beach. This was a very fitting celebration for the last meeting of 2017.

The annual presentation of the chapter’s Volunteer of the Year award honored two persons that have worked untiringly throughout the year to make the chapter the success that it is, the wonderful team of Mary Pat and Terry Tilton.

The Board of Directors discussed plans for 2018 and is looking forward to a meeting that will be held at Mark Perry’s house in February. The other three meetings will be held in the Caronia Room. A special meeting will be added with a visit to Peter Knego’s house and collection.

The chapter has plans to reorganize the library thanks to new volunteers stepping in to help. Once reorganized, it hopes to be able to open the library to the public by appointment.

The SoCal Chapter is looking for an individual, or individuals, to volunteer to take the chapter into the universe of social media. Duties would include establishing and moderating various social media venues, and coordinating with chapter officers and the Ocean Times. If interested, please contact Bruce Vancil at steamer@pacbell.net or Bill Keene at sshsaoceantimes@icloud.com.

The Ocean Times has some exciting plans for 2018 as well. There will be five issues of the chapter’s journal in 2018, with the “extra” issue being Shawn Dake’s always informative Cruise Ships 2017 — Year In Review. The 2018 lineup for the Ocean Times will include the history of the Wind-Class icebreakers that were constructed in San Pedro, a gallery exhibit of the USSB ships constructed for service during the Great War, the SS Avalon, the SS United States, the SS Golden Age, the ship interiors of Dorothy Marckwald, and the stories of the Eight Sisters. The regular columns of Ships 101, Ship Shot and news items will continue on the manifest, along with a surprise or two.

Want your own copy of the Ocean Times? Join the Southern California Chapter of the SSHSA. Contact Sherrill Smith at ladysherrill@msn.com for information and a membership form.

The chapter wishes everyone a safe and joyful holiday season and looks forward to 2018 with so much fun in the plans. Cheers!

SSHSA Local Chapters

Delaware Valley Chapter
Contact: Steve Loveless, Chairman
Email: slloveless1959@gmail.com

Golden Gate Chapter
Contact: Norman Freitag, President
Email: njfreitag@mail.com

Southern California Chapter
Contact: Bruce Vancil, Chairman
Email: steamer@pacbell.net

Southern New England Chapter
Contact: Barry Eager, Chairman
Email: bweager@yahoo.com



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