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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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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.

Membership in SSHSA


Join SSHSA as a member or renew your membership

Please consider joining or upgrading your membership to the $100 level.  Membership dues of $100 or more are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please consult your tax advisor.

*Note: Additional postage is required for international members for Tourist, Student, Household, and Cabin Class memberships.  Canadian members add $16;  international members, add $35.

Tourist Class ($50)

  • Four issues of PowerShips magazine and quarterly e-newsletters Ahoy! and The Telegraph
  • SSHSA Membership Card and free admission to the Ship History Center
  • Opportunity to publish in PowerShips magazine
  • Discounts on photos, research, and on select items in the SSHSA Ship Store
  • Optional membership in SSHSA chapters
  • Access to Members-Only features on the Image Porthole
  • Discounted registration to SSHSA’s ShiPosium and Annual Conference
  • Nominate a vessel for Ship of the Year and vote for Board of Directors

Student ($30) / Household ($55)

  • Same benefits as Tourist Class (*Note: Household membership equals one Tourist Class membership plus up to four family members.  One PowerShips is mailed per household.)

Library ($60)

  • All of the benefits of Tourist Class, with an additional contribution to help maintain our Research Library

Educator ($75)

  • All of the benefits of Tourist Class, with an additional contribution to help build and expand our interactive education program, "Steaming into the Future."

Cabin Class ($100) 

Approx. $50 tax deductible

  • All the benefits of Tourist class plus 10% discount in SSHSA Ship Store
  • Recognition as a Cabin Class member in SSHSA’s electronic newsletter, The Telegraph
  • One Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for complimentary admission to 80 maritime museums. To view a complete listing of museums, please click here.


Captains’ Circle

Members of the Captains’ Circle receive special benefits and recognition.  The following three levels receive:

  • Recognition as exclusive members in The Telegraph and PowerShips, and on our website sshsa.org
  • Official SSHSA Captains’ Circle certificates for all new Captains’ Circle members, suitable for framing*
  • Choose to omit benefits marked with * to increase the tax-deductible amount of your dues

MARINER ($200) Receive Cabin Class benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for two (2) at 80 maritime museums*
  • A maritime print of archival quality of your choosing from the Image Porthole*
  • Complimentary subscription to PowerShips sent from you to a library, school, or non-profit of your choice
  • Special invitations for SSHSA conferences and social gatherings
  • Receive your choice of one (1) free classic issue of PowerShips or Steamboat Bill (subject to availability; reprints may also be available for out-of-stock issues.)*

Approx. $120 tax deductible

COMMANDER ($300) Receive Mariner benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for three (3) to 80 maritime museums*
  • Two archival quality maritime prints of your choosing from the Image Porthole*
  • 20% off all Ship Store purchases
  • Note cards of images of fine vessels from SSHSA’s collections and archives*

Approx. $220 tax deductible

COMMODORE ($500) Receive Commander benefits plus ...

  • CAMM Card for free admission for four (4) to 80 maritime museums*
  • Three archival quality maritime prints of your choosing from the Image Porthole*

Approx. $430 tax deductible

To join or renew online, click here.



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