Steamship Historical Society

 

 

Winter 2011  

Volume VI, Number 1 

In this Issue

2011 Boston Sea Rovers Clinic

SSHSA Award Nominations Now Open

From the Research Archives: The Isthmian Lines

2011 Museum Admission Incentive Program and Passenger Partner Program Participants

SSHSA Chapter News

Coming Soon!
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President's Column
SSHSA President Bob Cleasby Featured in The Providence Journal


SSHSA President Bob Cleasby was featured in the Providence Journal on Monday, March 7, 2011.   To read the article please click here.
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Need to Renew Your Membership?

Be sure to renew your membership today to ensure you receive the next issue of PowerShips and retain other member benefits, such as discounted photo sales and research.  If you are not sure if your membership is up-to-date please email us at info@sshsa.org.  To renew online click here.

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SSHSA Upcoming Meetings in Norfolk, VA and Lake Geneva, WI

SSHSA will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15th from 9:00-10:00 am in the historic city of Norfolk, Virginia, in conjunction with the North American Society for Oceanic History's (NASOH) Annual Conference from May 12-15, 2011 at Old Dominion University.  NASOH's 2011 theme is "Maritime History Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century," and will feature a banquet dinner, seminars, and post-conference activities. SSHSA members can register for this conference online at the NASOH member rate before April 15.


Registration Instructions:

(A) There is no fee to attend SSHSA's Annual Meeting on May 15 at Old Dominion University.  To register for SSHSA's Annual Meeting please email Diana Sheil at SSHSA at dsheil@sshsa.org or call our office at (401) 274-0805.   SSHSA will not be accepting registrations for NASOH Conference activities.

(B) Those members wishing to attend NASOH conference activities must register online through NASOH's website before April 15.  NASOH is accepting online registrations only.  SSHSA members wishing to attend the entire conference may register at the NASOH member rate.  SSHSA members wishing to attend only the NASOH banquet on Friday, May 14 may do so by registering as an Accompanying Person.  Registration must be completed through NASOH by clicking here.  Please note that SSHSA will not be conducting registration for the NASOH conference.

NASOH has provided the following accomodation suggestions.  Please note that these accomodations may require a car or taxi for travel to the conference location.  To make accomodation reservations please contact the hotels directly.

Marriott Spring Hill Suites
Tazewwell Hotel and Suites
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

In September a Board of Director's meeting will take place in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in conjunction with the Antique and Classic Boat Society Annual Meeting.    Visit their website at www.acbs.org.
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SSHSA's Winter Duplicate Photo Sale for Members ends March 31, 2011
 

Don't miss out!  

SSHSA's Duplicate Photo Sale is still underway! To view the photo list of available photos, please click here! These are extra copies of ship images from our collection. 

Interested in a photo NOT on the list? Contact Alissa Cafferky at acafferky@sshsa.org for more information. 

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2011 Steamboat Celebration is Underway! 

SSHSA will be joining the Rivers Institute at Hanover College to celebrate the bicentennial of first steamboat trip up and down the Ohio River in 1811.  These non-profit organizations plan to work in concert to promote the activities and events celebrating the 2011 Steamboat Bicentennial. 

The Rivers Institute at Hanover College is leading a national effort with individuals from hundreds of museums, libraries, historical organizations, and colleges and universities in eight states along the 981 miles of the Ohio River to organize a celebration for the 200th anniversary of the first steamboat on the inland rivers of North America. 

Events include a Traveling Steamboat Exhibit, steamboat races, and cruises aboard the Belle of Cincinnati and Belle of Louisville.

For more information, please click here to visit the Rivers Institute's website for a list of events and locations.
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Welcome Aboard to SSHSA's Newest Members!
Dec. 9, 2010 - March 11, 2011

Mr. Robert Black
Mr. Marc Cruder
Ms. Jennifer Cody
Ms. Margret Jones
Mr. Mark D. Carlson
Mr. Bob Winfrey
Mr. John W Russell
Mr. G. Gordon Behn
Mr. James Sanborn
Ms. Katherine Y. Johnston
Mr. Paul Follett
Mr. Mark Toothman
Mr. Philip H. Lee
Mr. Henry Young
Ms. Angelique Weger
Ms. Elana T. Siegel
Mr. Lyndon Waller
Ms. Amy Weyman
Mr. Clayton Anderson
Mr. Tim Jacox
Ms. Hope Turenne
Mr. Scott Knutson
Ms. Wendi Mannix
Mr. Timothy Beebe
Ms. Susan Schultz
Mr. Gerry Cahill
Ms. Lynn Torrent
Mr. Terry Thorton
Mr. Dan Hanrahan
Ms. Dondra Ritzenhaler
Ms. Elizabeth Jakeway
Ms. Sharon Buckland
Ms. Diane Cleveland
Mr. Michael Cyre
Ms. Gaye Stewart-Loudis
Mr. Gregg Michel
Mr. William Smith
Ms. Nitsa Lewis
Mr. Philip Ordever
Jan Swartz
Mr. Brian O'Connor
Ms. Megan Cholakian
Mr. Andrew Santelli
Mr. Randy Garfield
Mr. Ed Fouche
Mr. Mark Frevert
Mr. Richard Meadows
Ms. Judy Palmer
Ms. Mary Beth Wessel
Ms. Gail Nicolaus
Ms. Lucy Schnorrbusch
Mr. Andy Stuart
Ms. Maria Miller
Ms. Camille Olivere
Ms. Amy Hiles-Maynard
Mr. James Rodriguez
Mr. Jim Lida
Ms. Kari Tarnowski
Ms. Gretchen Bell
Mr. Bob Clark
Mr. Trudy Redfern
Mr. Steve Odell
Mr. Enrico Origone
Hedwige Roessler
Mr. Thomas Mazloum
Mr. John Stoll
Mr. Sebastian Ahrens
Ms. Suzy Smith
Ms. Elizabeth Crabhill
Mr. Kenneth Muskat
Ms. Angela Stephan
Mr. Richard D. Fain
Mr. Adam Goldstein
Mr. Brian Rice
Mr. Harri Kulovaara
Mr. Michael Bayley
Capt. William Wright
Ms. Vicki Freed
Ms. Betsey O'Rourke
Ms. Sandy Stevens
Ms. Alicia Cummings
Mr. Jack Anderson
Mr. Adam Snitzer
Mr. Doug Seagle
Ms. Diane Moore
Mr. Christopher Bensley
Mr. Dave DeMerlier
Mr. Michael Wall
Mr. Jeff Marger
Mr. Roger Ottenbach, Owner
Ms. Nina Hellman
Mr. Terrence Ryan
Mr. Mario Cruder
Mr. James R. Ducker
Ms. Sung Ahn
Mr. Jeffrey Allen Dunagan
Mr. Jerry Hill 
Mr. Richard Hannan
Ms. Heather Trubee Brown
Mr. Jay Higgins
Mr. Jay Holtzman
Mr. Michael H. Lang
Ms. Nicola Iannone
Mr. Forrest Cramer
Ms. Ivonne Brown
Ms. Geny Isherwood
Ms. Janet Van Graafeiland
Mr. Peter Brunk
Mr. Lenny Spiro
Capt. Joseph L. Stone
Mr. Tom Roesser
Ms. Caroline McNair
Mr. Francis Nash
Mr. Bradley J. Newell
Mrs. Robin Newell
Mr. Jeffrey Brian Towns
Ms. Joni Carlson
Mr. Robert Geisler
Mr. Robert Pelleymounter
Mr. David L. Tribble
Mr. Bruce I. Haslun
Mr. Robert J. Cavanaugh
Dr. Ted H. Hagan
Mr. Michael Lee Round
Ms. Lisa Round
Ms. Marissa Round
Mr. Isaac Round
Mr. Kurt Gillespie
Mr. Patrick Rooney
Mr. Tom Mulloy
Mr. Peter Fifield
Mr. Paul Matthias
Mr. Michael P. Miller
Mr. John Paul
Capt. Steven M. Gatto
Mr. Jim Burgess
Mr. Thomas Murray
Mr. Paul Whittaker
Mr. Dennis Dorset
Mr. John Miodowski
Mr. Bart Malone
Ms. Patsy Divver
Mr. John Stella
Mr. and Mrs. John and Val Feehan
Mr. John O'Connor
Mr. Ralph Young
Mr. Donald Franke
Ms. Diana E. Butler

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SAVE THE DATE!  

SSHSA's Alaskan Cruise July 1 to July 8, 2011 

SSHSA is hosting a 7-night cruise to Alaska and British Columbia beginning July 1, 2011! Join us aboard Celebritiy Cruise Line's Celebrity Infinity, one of the finest deluxe cruise ships on the water. The Celebrity Infinity's restaurant and lounge are dedicated to the SS United States, featuring artifacts and artwork from the iconic ocean liner. An exclusive complimentary cocktail party is included to celebrate SS United States as "Ship of the Year." Ports of call include Skagway, Alaska and Victoria, British Colombia, and a special cruise of the Tracy Arm Fjord through Juneau. To learn more about the cruise and the Celebrity Infinity click here. 

Contact Brad Hatry at Pisa Brothers Travel for more information or to make reservations at (212) 265-8420 ext. 222, or at brad@pisabrothers.com. 

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Contact Us at SSHSA

Matthew Schulte, Executive Director
mschulte@sshsa.org

Diana Sheil, Membership Development
Coordinator
dsheil@sshsa.org

Karen Sylvia, Office Administrator
ksylvia@sshsa.org

Alissa Cafferky, Research & Communications
acafferky@sshsa.org

Astrid Drew, Research & New Media
adrew@sshsa.org


Jack Shaum, Editor-in-Chief, PowerShips
jshaum@sshsa.org

Jillian Fulda, Dibner Intern
jfulda@sshsa.org
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SSHSA Board of Directors

Mr. Robert C. Cleasby, President
Cranston, Rhode Island

Ms. Mary L. Payne, Vice President
Wallingford, Pennsylvania

CDR. John F. Hamma, Secretary
La Mesa, California

Mr. William M. McLin, Treasurer
Annapolis, Maryland

Mr. J. Michael Alderson
Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. Charles D. Bieser
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Mr. Brent Dibner
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Mr. Barry Eager
Berlin, Massachusetts

Dr. William F. Flayhart, III
Dover, Delaware

Mr. Robert E. Hughes
New Rochelle, New York

Capt. Roland R. Parent
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mr. David L. Powers, Jr.
Des Moines, Washington

Mr. Richard D. Rabbett, III
Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. Timothy M. Toole
Wellington, Florida

Mr. John S. Williams, Jr.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Regional Vice Presidents
Mr. Bruce Vancil
West Coas
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CDR. Richard Paton
East Coast

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2011 Boston Sea Rovers Clinic a Success!
17 new members join SSHSA
by Diana Sheil, Membership Development Coordinator

 

From March 4-March 6 SSHSA staff and volunteers attended the 2011 Boston Sea Rovers Annual Underwater Clinic at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts.  

Over the course of three days, SSHSA met and spoke with members of the scuba diving community who traveled from all over the country to attend the dive show seminars and workshops and to browse the exhibit hall.  In the exhibit hall SSHSA  displayed images from our Image Porthole; a historic panoramic of a White Star Line ocean liner from our collections; shared information about our research and photo search services; displayed Powerships, Steamboat Bill, and even a 1946 issue of the Steamboat Bill of Facts for visitors to page through; and set out membership information.  

Alongside SSHSA, more than 50 organizations and
businesses displayed merchandise, scuba diving tour information, and marine advocacy materials.   This year a special artifact exhibit presented artifacts retrieved by scuba divers from ships such as the Andrea Doria and the North American.  Seminars included topics such as "History Submerged," conservation and the environment, sharks, and exotic dive locations such as Antartica and the Russian Arctic.  Clinic attendees enjoyed workshops on diving shipwrecks, free diving, and underwater photography, to name a few.

Alongside SSHSA for the weekend was National Geographic's Maps Division representative Mike Dyer.   During the three-day exhibition, Mr. Dyer displayed National Geographic's latest shipwrecks map of the Delmarva Peninsula.  The map, written by Don Shomette and designed by SSHSA member Bob Pratt, revealed the locations and types of shipwrecks in the vicinity of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C. - totaling a whopping 2,400 wrecks.  In July, National Geographic will be publishing a similar-styled map of shipwrecks of the New England waters.

The map will be soon be available for sale through SSHSA's online Ship Store.

In addition to sharing information about SSHSA with exhibition
visitors, our staff and volunteers learned much about the scuba diving community and their experiences relating to ship history.  Visitors asked about ships they were familiar with such as the SS United States and SS Nobska, and told us of their experiences diving sunken wrecks like the Portland off the coast of Cape Cod, and their desire to dive other vessels, such as Benedict Arnold's gondola Spitfire at the bottom of Lake Champlain.

SSHSA would like to thank volunteers and staff Ed Spinney, Erik Ryan, and Alissa Cafferky, as well as Mike Dyer of National Geographic, who all helped to run the SSHSA booth over the course of the Clinic.
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Nominations for SSHSA's 2011 National Awards now being accepted

SSHSA  is now accepting nominations for its National Awards.  Nominations must be postmarked by April 30, 2011 and may be submitted by any active member of SSHSA for the following categories.

Ship of the Year Award - awarded to a vessel.  Vessels considered will generally - but not exclusively - be steam powered, and may be in non-profit, private, or commercial ownership and in active or inactive use. The vessel must have had or be making a major contribution to SSHSA's purposes.

The C. Bradford Mitchell Award awarded to an individual, institution, agency, etc. recognizing a single achievement such as an important book or establishment of an important institution contributing to SSHSA's aims. 

The Samuel Ward Stanton Award for Lifetime Achievement This award is intended to recognize the accumulated value of on-going work in our area of concern. 

The H. Graham Wood Award for Distinguished Service to the Society This award is intended to recognize an individual for long-time dedicated service to SSHSA. 

To nominate a vessel or person for one of these awards, please download and fill out SSHSA's nomination form by clicking here.  Nominations will be accepted from SSHSA members only.  To submit the form, please mail it to SSHSA at 1029 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. 

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From SSHSA's Research Archives:  The Isthmian Lines
by Alissa Cafferky, Research & Communications

The SSHSA Research Department conducted a research project on the Isthmian Line per a member request.  In addition to locating photographs from our archives, the following is a brief sample of what we uncovered.

The Isthmian Line was started in 1910 by the President of US Steel, James A. Farrell, Sr., who realized US Steel could save substantial amounts of money by owning its own fleet of freighters. The Isthmian Line operated primarily in England before World War I, and then moved to New York until States Marine Corporation purchased the line in 1956. The Isthmian Lines operated roughly sixty-five vessels during its forty-six year operation, and many of its vessels were prefixed with
“Steel,” or suffixed with “City.”

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nterested in having SSHSA conduct research or search for an image of a vessel in our archives? Contact assistant@sshsa.org for more information.
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2011 Passenger Partner Program and Museum Admission Incentive Program Participants

Each year, all active members are eligible to participate in SSHSA's affiliate partner programs.  

The Passenger Partner Program gives SSHSA members discounts on select excursion vessels across the country.  Click on the links below to visit the participants' websites.  2011 participants include:

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
Bar Harbor, ME
20% off all boat trips
*Featuring Sunset Whale Watches and Lighthouse Tours

Boston Harbor Cruises
Boston, MA
20% off regularly scheduled cruises
*Featuring historic cruises such as the Boston Tea Party Cruise and the USS Constitution cruise.

Captain John Boats
Plymouth, MA
$8.00 off ticket price

Hartford Belle Cruises
Haddam, CT
$2.00 off each adult ticket, $1.00 off each child's ticket for 60 or 90 minute cruise
*Featuring 90 minute "Happy Hour" cruises on Thursdays in July/August of 2011

Lake George Steamboat Company
Lake George, NY
10% off ticket price
*Featuring the "Elvis Dinner Cruise" on September 9, 2011

Star Line Ferry Service
Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, MI
$3.00 off an adult ticket, $2.00 off a child's ticket
*Featuring sunset cruises in July/August of 2011

Lake Michigan Car Ferry
Ludington, MI
25% off regular passenger fares, 10% off auto for midnight summer sailings.  Must reference discount code "STEAMSHIP"
*Featuring only car ferry service in Michigan with WiFi

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
Mackinaw City, MI
$2.00 discounts for adults, $1.00 discount for children ages 5-12
*Featuring Annual Fourth of July Cruise with fireworks

Adventures at Yankee Fleet Deep Sea fishing & Whale Watching
Gloucester, MA
20% off full price fares
*Featuring whale watches repeatedly voted best in New England

The Museum Admission Incentive Program offers SSHSA members discounts to partnering maritime museums.  Click on the links below to visit the participants' websites.  2011 participants include:

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
North Little Rock, AR
Free Admission for SSHSA members during regular tour hours
*Features WWII submarine exhibits, including USS Razorback, USS Hoga, and the USS Snook Memorial.

Catalina Island Museum
Avalon, CA
Two for one admission with one paid adult admission and 10% discount in museum store
*Featuring "The Boys in Blue:  Cubs Spring Training on Catalina Island 1921-1951."

Erie Canal Museum
East Syracuse, NY
Free admission for SSHSA members and 10% discount in gift shop
*"Girls' Night Out" March 22, 5-8pm benefiting the museum.
*The Frank B. Thomson Line Boat exhibit with full size replica for walk throughs with sound and displays

Hudson River Maritime Museum
Kingston, NY
$1.00 off each guest at Hudson River Maritime Museum
*"The Face of Work in the Hudson Valley" following the evolution of work through the centuries opening April 30th.

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara, CA
Two for one admission of equal value purchased
*Upcoming 2011 exhibit on the shipwreck of the sidewheeler steamer Winifred Scott

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Savannah, GA
$5.00 admission rate for SSHSA members
*Online exhibit "Slavery, an Institution that Divided a Nation and the Trial of the Slave Ship Wanderer."

Titanic Historical Society of America
Indian Orchard, MA
50% off regular admission charges for SSHSA members

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Manitowoc, WI
10% discount for individuals and 15% off families or groups of 10 or more.
*Maritime History Gallery with walk through of 1840s shipbuilding and shipping era in Mantiwoc and replica of Clipper City.

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SSHSA Chapter News 

Thank you to members who have expressed an interest in developing SSHSA chapters in Long Island, Florida, in the Great Lakes area, and in the Chesapeake Bay area. Email us at info@sshsa.org if you are interested in spearheading or joining one of these chapter development efforts. 

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

The Golden Gate Chapter held a meeting on February 5, 2011 in Alameda, CA at the Elks Lodge. President Norm Freitag, Treasurer Dick Rutter, and Secretary Norbert Ulbrich were unanimously re-elected for another one-year term. 

Chapter President Norm Freitag presented “Ships on the Computer.” Members recieved a directory of 50 websites pertaining to maritime news or steamship topics. Members also shared websites that they frequently visit also relating to maritime topics as a way to stay up to date on events concerning marine events. 

Chapter member Bob Jenkin shared a model of a sailing vessel that his daughter sent from India. Mr. Jenkin also has a custom-built model of the famous California steamer Chrysopolis which Mr. Ulbrich photographed for the chapter a few days after the meeting. 

Delaware Valley Chapter
Contact: Steve Loveless
oceanlinerbuff@aol.com

The Delaware Valley Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 2:30 pm on March 20.  Please contact Steve Loveless at the above email address for more information.

Southern New England Chapter

Contact: Barry Eager
bweager@yahoo.com

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

Hampton Roads Chapter
Contact: Elizabeth Fletcher
efletcher11@cox.net
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Visit the New Image Porthole!

Please stay tuned for the launch of SSHSA's new website in March 2011! 


Also plan to visit our Image Porthole, recently redesigned and soon to be interactive with the ability for members to log in and comment on individual photographs.  To visit the beta test Image Porthole, click here.
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Mr. Robert C. Cleasby, President

Cranston, Rhode Island

 

Ms. Mary L. Payne, Vice President

Wallingford, Pennsylvania

 

CDR. John F. Hamma, Secretary

La Mesa, California

 

Mr. William M. McLin, Treasurer

Annapolis, Maryland

 

Mr. J. Michael Alderson

Louisville, Kentucky

 

Mr. Charles D. Bieser

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

 

Mr. Brent Dibner

Chestnut Hill, MassachuMr. Robert C. Cleasby, President Cranston, Rhode Island Ms. Mary L. Payne, Vice President Wallingford, Pennsylvania CDR. John F. Hamma, Secretary La Mesa, California Mr. William M. McLin, Treasurer Annapolis, Maryland Mr. J. Michael Alderson Louisville, Kentucky Mr. Charles D. Bieser Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Mr. Brent Dibner Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Mr. Barry Eager Berlin, Massachusetts Ms. Ann Eberle Voorheesville, New York Dr. William F. Flayhart, III Dover, Delaware Mr. Robert E. Hughes New Rochelle, NY W. Leo Keating, Esq. Warren, Ohio Capt. Roland R. Parent Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Mr. David L. Powers, Jr. Des Moines, Washington Mr. Richard D. Rabbett, III Boston, Massachusetts Mr. Timothy M. Toole Wellington, Florida Mr. John S. Williams, Jr. New Orleans, Louisiana Regional Vice President Mr. Bruce Vancil West Coastsetts

 

Mr. Barry Eager

Berlin, Massachusetts

 

Ms. Ann Eberle

Voorheesville, New York

 

Dr. William F. Flayhart, III

Dover, Delaware

 

Mr. Robert E. Hughes

New Rochelle, NY

 

W. Leo Keating, Esq.

Warren, Ohio

 

Capt. Roland R. Parent

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

Mr. David L. Powers, Jr.

Des Moines, Washington

 

Mr. Richard D. Rabbett, III

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Mr. Timothy M. Toole

Wellington, Florida

 

Mr. John S. Williams, Jr.

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

Regional Vice President

Mr. Bruce Vancil

West Coast

 

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