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Steamship Historical Society of America

Steamship Historical Society of America

THE STEAMSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA was established in 1935 as a means of bringing together those amateur and professional historians interested in the history and development of steam navigation, past and present.

Incorporated in the State of Virginia in 1950 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) educational corporation, SSHSA is the oldest maritime organization in America and a vital source and authority of the nautical and maritime history of engine-powered vessels, from the earliest steam-powered ships to modern ocean liners.

Today, with extensive collections of maritime photos, periodicals, artwork, official records, memorabilia and ephemera, SSHSA is the oldest and largest organization of its kind in the world.

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