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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:

  • Italian Motor Ships Saturnia & Vulcania
  • A Can Of Peas; SS Avalon
  • Night of the Subic Bay Pirates
  • How to Write an Article for PowerShips
  • STEAMing Into the Future



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SS Independence/SS Constitution
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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), the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program, and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.

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SSHSA is the premier 501(c)3 organization for all ships engine-powered.  Whether you’re a ship history buff; maritime collector or artist; a former or current ship crew member; a professional historian; a Navy veteran or maritime academy alum; or maybe even a scuba diver looking to learn more about your latest underwater discovery, SSHSA is the place for you. 

Our members include maritime collectors and artists, current and former ship crew members, historians and students, genealogists, scuba divers, cruise travelers, ship engineers and architects, and maritime history enthusiasts. Click here to Join Today!

Discover ship history with exclusive membership benefits like:

  • PowerShips magazine. This prestigious our quarterly full color magazine is full of history – from the mechanical and industrial history of powered ships to the culture of fine ocean liners; to maritime news, book reviews, museum features, and more.
  • E-newsletters The Telegraph and Ahoy!
  • Special access in the Image Porthole to more than 60,000 historic digitized photographs.
  • Discounts on research, photos, and in the Ship Store;
  • Free maritime museum visits with any Cabin Class membership.
  • Attend special programs at the ShiPosium conference. 
  • Join a local chapter and meet fellow SSHSA members. 


Captains' Circle

Membership in the Captains’ Circle is open to all – whether you are new members to SSHSA or are renewing for the 20th year! Our Captains’ Circle members are leaders in supporting SSHSA.  Click here to read about joining the Captains’ Circle. 

Click the Membership Levels link on the left menu bar to see all SSHSA member benefits. 





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