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Steamship Historical Society's

Ocean Liner Dinner & Auction

Saturday May 14, 2016  ~  Ship History Center & SAMI 

Below are listed the items and packages for the Live and Silent Auction ocurring during the dinner on Saturday May 14.  Bids are now accepted by phone, 401-463-3570, or by e-mail: blucier@sshsa.org.  Please state the package number with your maximum bid with a credit card number and relevant information.

Live Auction

Silent Auction


1. Sail aboard the 72’ historic Ketch STARBOUND 

Take a day off with up to 20 guests aboard a historic vessel in Narragansett Bay.  The Starbound has sailed around the world twice and once owned by the legendary American folk singer and actor Burl Ives.  But she can be yours for a day, staffed with a licensed US Coast Guard captain and two mates, leaving you free to enjoy the fresh air! 

Choose a cruise in the afternoon or evening and customize your experience with your choices of champagne and hors d’oeurves. This package includes a one night stay for two at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick.

Starting Bid: $1,000

2. Gourmet Catered Dinner for 8-10 

Have your future dinner party created by our caterer for the evening, Russell Morin.  Relax while they handle all the details of a spectacular meal, including drinks and dessert!   

Maximum scheduling flexibility lies between January and March 2017. Additional dates will be based on availability. 

Starting Bid: $1,000

3. Spend the weekend in Philly

Experience the maritime history of Philadelphia with this incredible package for two. 

  • Dine at the private historic Corinthian Yacht Club with SSHSA President Mary Payne.
  • Visit the Independence Seaport Museum and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic USS Olympia.  This ship is one of the last of her kind: veteran of the Spanish American War and flagship of the U.S. Patrol Force in WWI.
  • A copy of the DVD SS United States: Lady in Waiting
  • Visit the SS United States in person at her pier.

Starting Bid: $500

4. Cruise to Newport on vintage trawler Coast Daylight

Take three of your friends and enjoy a leisurely cruise and lunch aboard vintage trawler Coast Daylight captained by U.S. Coast Guard certified Captain Bob Hughes, along with first mate Lynn Hughes and crew member Harry the dog! Depart from historic Bristol, R.I., for a unique “view from the water” cruise around Narragansett Bay, visiting Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, Jamestown, the U.S. Naval War College, several historic lighthouses and other sites before returning to Bristol Harbor by late afternoon. This package also includes a night at the Radisson in Warwick, so you’ll have the chance to explore Bristol’s colonial charm or bustling events in Providence. Native Rhode Islanders and visitors alike will enjoy this chance to experience the many sights and sounds of the Ocean State.

Starting bid - $750

5. Living History Cruise on Liberty Ship in New York & Tours at Ft. Schuyler

History comes alive right before your eyes aboard the Liberty Ship John W. Brown, (one of two remaining liberty vessels operating today). You’ll be able to explore the entire ship as you cruise in New York Harbor.  You and a guest will meet the captain and see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the bridge, tour the engine room and experience the historic 140-ton, triple expansion steam engine in action.  This special opportunity is only available for the cruise on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Starting Bid $750

6. The Ultimate RMS QUEEN MARY Package

Live like an Art Deco star during a two-night stay aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  Your stay includes breakfast and parking, as well as an in-depth tour of the iconic ship with Commodore Everett Hoard.  The ship also features a museum, haunted tours, and many other attractions to enjoy during your stay!

Before your journey learn about the ship’s story with Captain John Treasure Jones’ book “Tramp to Queen” which includes color photos and vintage views of the Queen Mary detailing her long career.

Starting Bid $750

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7. Maritime Museum of Ft. Schuyler

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Maritime Museum of Ft. Schuyler in Throggs Neck, N.Y., with SSHSA Board Member Capt. Jim McNamara.

Starting bid: $75

8. Historic New York Tour

Get a private “Seaside Stroll” with SSHSA Board Member Capt. Jim McNamara along the historic New York waterfront, including the Battery and piers.

Starting bid: $75

9. Museum of Natural History and Planetarium family membership

Share the universe with your family with this great package from the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.  It includes a one year membership for their location in Roger Williams Park, two museum t-shirts and a hat, catalogs for Circle of the Sea and All Things Connected exhibits, and assorted goodies from the gift store.

Starting bid: $75

10. Mystic Seaport Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Visit Mystic Seaport with your friends or family with this four-pack of tickets to the Mystic Seaport and museum in Mystic, Connecticut.  Explore their many exhibits, the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, and their grounds. Then meet SSHSA board member and Mystic’s Vice President for Collections and Research, Paul O’Pecko, for an exclusive look at the museum’s collections and research center. 

Starting bid: $100

11. Colonial Massachusetts Pack

Go back in time with two tickets to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA, and four tickets to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA.  Plimoth Plantation realistically recreates the experience of an early English colonial settlement, while Sturbridge Village immerses visitors in a 19th century fully functional rural village.  Both living museums feature working farms, interactive historians in period costumes, and historic buildings.

Starting bid: $75

12. Tour Newport

Make your way to some of the best sites in Rhode Island’s City by the Sea. This package includes two passes to your choice of one of ten historic properties owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County, two passes to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and a one-year membership to the Audrain Auto Museum, which features more than 160 of the rarest and most remarkable vehicles in history.

Starting bid: $100

13. Four Passes to the Yankee Steam-Up

Have a passion for steam? Then plan your fall around the New England Wireless and Steam Museum’s annual Yankee Steam-Up taking place October 1, 2016. Package includes four passes to the show, which features historic Rhode Island steam engines restored to running condition and operating on live steam. These engines represent Rhode Island’s legacy as an industrial power in manufacturing.

Starting bid: $30

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14. RI Environmentalist Pack

You and your family can support and appreciate the great outdoors with a family membership to the Rhode Island Audubon Society and a gift bag from Save The Bay.  The Audubon Society membership includes unlimited admission for an entire year to their education center in Bristol, as well as discounts on programs, walks, trips, and summer camps.  The Save the Bay gift bag includes a shopping tote bag, bumper stickers, and an issue of TIDES magazine. Also included is Save the Bay’s Uncommon Guide, a terrific resource to learn more about the wildlife and plant life around Narragansett Bay. 

Starting bid: $45



15. Children’s Museums

Get out of the house and away from the TV with these great family packs to two Massachusetts children’s museums. The Children’s Museum of Easton (Easton, MA) features hands on learning and activities, and at the Ecotarium (Worcester, MA) families can learn about nature and science together.

Starting bid: $45

16. Rainy Day Pack

Stuck with a house full of kids on a rainy summer day? This package could help preserve your sanity. Start with one hour of free bowling for up to four people at the Bowling Academy in East Providence and then head on over to Dave & Buster’s at Providence Place Mall for $25 in free games.

Starting bid: $30

17. Summer Fun

There’s no better place to spend a summer day than on the sea. Grab a friend and head on out to Cape Cod for a whale watching adventure for two courtesy of the Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown.

Starting bid: $30

18. Fantasy Adventure

Great for the kids or grandkids, this package contains two passes to Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire. Spend the day with dozens of rides, play areas, shows and fantasy characters of all kinds.

Starting bid: $30

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19. Providence Bruins Flex Tickets

This pack of four tickets guarantees hockey fans four seats at the Dunkin Donuts Center for any Providence Bruins game during the 2016-2017 season.  Get them while they’re hot!

Starting bid: $80

20. Broadway Smash

Treat yourself to a night at the Providence Performing Arts Center for a showing of "If/Then," a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. Tickets (Orchestra Left, Row S) must be used for the Wednesday June 15, performance at 7 p.m.

Starting bid: $100

21. A Summer Treat

After soaking in some sun at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, take advantage of two all day passes to Water Wizz and their waterslides.  Once you’ve cooled off, have your fill of doughboys, clamcakes or chowder with a giftcard to Iggy’s.  The $25 giftcard is valid at both their Warwick and Narragansett locations. 

Starting bid: $45

22. The Ultimate Sports Fan Pack

At your next sports event at Gilette Stadium, take a stroll through the Hall at Patriot Place by Raytheon and see the Patriots Hall of Fame and other sights that will thrill any Patriots football fan.  Get a different kind of thrill with two packs of passes for Saturday races at Seekonk Speedway.

Starting bid: $70

23. Sunday Brunch and a Show

Stop in for an award-winning Sunday brunch buffet for two at Eleven Forty Nine restaurant in Warwick featuring a live jazz guitarist and elaborate food displays. Follow that up with two tickets to your choice of shows in the Trinity Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season.

Starting bid: $80

24. Music and Theater

Will it be the symphony or the theater? With this package you don’t have to choose. Get two passes each for the Ocean State Theatre Company’s productions of “Avenue Q” and “Damn Yankees,” as well as two tickets to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s 2016-17 Rush Hour Series concerts.

Starting bid: $150

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25. Cardi’s Furniture Gift Card

Looking to replace that couch your cat has been using as a scratching post?  Does a family member need a desk or bed frame?  Cardi’s can help with this gift card for all your home furnishing needs.

Starting bid: $50

26. In Studio Portrait Session with Bob Fontaine

Trust the photographic craftsmanship of Bob Fontaine to make your next portrait be just as awesome as you are in real life.

Starting bid: $100

27. Wild West

Just in time for the Triple Crown races, here is a package for all of you horse lovers out there. This Action Company Texas Trail Rider saddle constructed of smoothout leather, a deep glove-tan seat with 4″ Cheyenne roll and two-way stainless steel rigging. Also includes a pair of men’s walnut deertan cowboy boots, size 11.5.

Starting bid: $350

28. AAA Membership

Whether you have a new driver in the family or you’re just looking for a little piece of mind, this one-year membership to AAA will be there for you on all of your road trips this summer.

Starting bid: $40



29. Two-night stay at Bayside Resort

Great for a quick getaway to the Cape, this voucher is good for two free nights at the Bayside Resort in West Yarmouth. Located within driving distance to dozens of attractions, the resort overlooks Lewis Bay and sits on a marine estuary that is home to many types of birds and marine wildlife. Must travel between October 14 and May 1, excluding holidays and school vacations.

Starting bid: $150

30. Parkhopper Passes to Disney World

Here’s your chance to grab four one-day park hopper passes to the Happiest Place on Earth. As an added bonus, enjoy  an authentic stern-wheeler experience aboard the Mark Twain riverboat in either Disneyland or Disneyworld.

Starting bid: $350

31. Sail Away on the Block Island Ferry

Beach day! Package includes four round-trip passenger tickets aboard the Block Island Ferry (expire 12-31-16).

Starting bid: $50

32. Beantown Memories

Find your way from one historical site to another aboard Boston Duck Tours, and finish your day with a show at the Huntington Theatre Company. Package includes two Duck Tour passes and two theatre vouchers good for one of three shows: “Tiger Style!,” “Bedroom Farce,” or “A Doll’s House.”

Starting bid: $100

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33. Limited Edition print of the SS Aquitania

Bill Muller's historical paintings accurately capture and preserve selected visual moments and events from our nation's rich maritime heritage. His paintings are imbued with a sensitivity and scholarship that largely come from first hand experiences, historical research, and a lifelong love and understanding of his subject matter.

Starting bid: $150

34. Framed Archival Print from the SSHSA Virtual Museum

Reprint of a stunning work by maritime artist C. Wallace from the Posner Maritime Collection. The painting portrays an enigmatic ocean-going sidewheel steamship in a stormy sea off the coast of Dover, England.  A great addition to any collection.

Starting bid: $75

35. McAllister Towing 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing is known throughout the shipping industry as one of the world's most reliable and respected tugboat and marine transportation firms, towing barges, escorting ships, and providing docking services along the East Coast. A history of the company, the book features a wealth of fresh and never-before published documentary material on how Americans lived and worked in the maritime industry and is a must-have for any nautical fan.

Starting bid: $25

36. Liberty Ship John W. Brown Lithographs

Choose one of nine amazing lithographs of the John W. Brown, one of only two remaining, fully operational Liberty ships that participated in World War II. 

Starting bid: $75

37. Beavertail Lighthouse Painting

Watercolor portrait of the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown. Built in 1856, the lighthouse provides navigation for boats and ships entering Narragansett Bay in the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Newport, Rhode Island on Aquidneck Island.

Starting bid: $150


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