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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.



SSHSA publishes PowerShips, The Magazine of Engine-Powered Vessels. Launched in 1940 as The Steamboat Bill of Facts, this quarterly magazine has been published continuously for 75 years, without interruption.

PowerShips isn't just another maritime history magazine...it's the ship history magazine. Each issue is produced in full color and packed with exciting and informative features on maritime subjects that bring the past to life.

This 88-page magazine includes regional columns from across the United States and overseas, special columns on cruise ships, yachts, tugboats, reviews of newly published maritime books and much more.

No other magazine has the distinction or legacy and covers the dramatic course of engine-powered vessels like PowerShips.

In addition to our official quarterly magazine, SSHSA publishes maritime books, media, and newsletters of high interest to the thousands of enthusiastic members throughout the world. We serve as the link connecting all maritime heritage resources in the USA to the world.

PowerShips is published and distributed January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th.


AHOY! is SSHSA's quarterly newsletter that keeps friends and members up-to-date on maritime activities, special events and trade news items of high interest. AHOY! is produced and distributed February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th.

The Telegraph is the Steamship Historical Society of America quarterly member e-newsletter. Each issue of The Telegraph covers "Members Only" activities at SSHSA Chapters, SSHSA events, special cruises, SSHSA awards, and other news specifically related to our members.

The Telegraph is distributed March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and December 15th.


Serving in its capacity as an educational organization, Steamship Historical Society of America publishes books about maritime history by expert authors, such as "From Hollywood to Honolulu, The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company," by Gordon Ghareeb and Martin Cox.

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