The Ocean Liner Dinner Auction will open in a few hours, featuring a bevy of trips, gift certificates, unique items, and experiences. . Looking for a reason to get away? Check out one of our feature packages: a trip to the five-star Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. The bundle includes two round-trip tickets on JetBlue and a two-night stay at the resort. It's a win-win situation - you and a companion get some much-needed time off while supporting SSHSA, the Ship History Center, and our STEAMing Into The Future educational program. . Early bidding will begin at midnight and run through Friday, May 3. Visit the link in our bio to get a glimpse of what is available. We'll be adding new packages several times a week and highlighting special packages leading up to the dinner, so make sure to check your email and the website often. . One of our feature packages is a trip to the five-star Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. . Bids submitted in advance will compete with those in attendance at the Ocean Liner Dinner on May 4, so make sure to give us your best offer. Starting in just a few hours, you can submit your bids by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 401-463-3570, or by filling out a form on the auction page. . Thanks in advance for taking a look. All proceeds will help SSHSA preserve its unique collection of maritime heritage and further our efforts to bring the history of steam to students around the world!
There's no reason to miss out on the fun even if you can't make it to this year's Ocean Liner Dinner. We are opening the auction for pre-bidding next week to give all of our members and friends a chance to win some of the great prizes and experiences that we've collected for this year's event. . Early bidding will begin on Tuesday, April 23, and run through Friday, May 3. Visit the link in our bio to get a glimpse of what is available. We'll be adding new packages several times a week leading up to the dinner, so make sure to check back often. Bids submitted in advance will be entered into the auctions taking place at the Ocean Liner Dinner on May 4, so make sure to give us your best offer. Starting next Tuesday, you can submit your bids by emailing email@example.com, by calling 401-463-3570, or by filling out a form on the auction page. . Thanks in advance for taking a look. All proceeds will help SSHSA preserve its unique collection of maritime heritage and further our efforts to bring the history of steam to students around the world!
Just in time for National Maritime Day, PowerShips issue #309 applauds the SS Savannah's momentous triumph and other legendary ships that make up our country's rich maritime heritage. Need to renew your membership or sign up? Visit https://www.sshsa.org/join/index.html ... Here's just a taste of what's on the way: ... SS Savannah: The Bicentennial of Her Historic Voyage Brian Rogers celebrates the SS Savannah as we approach the 200th anniversary of her historic transatlantic crossing with use of steam. Follow the trials and tribulations of Captain Moses Rogers as he guides this grand experiment from an idea to a “signal trophy of American enterprise.” ... To Shanghai on the Empress of Japan The high spirits and increasing passenger loads of the second half of the 1920s prompted a decision to build the biggest, best and fastest Canadian Pacific liner for Vancouver-Far East service. William Miller presents a fascinating history of the Empress of Japan, from her auspicious beginnings to her untimely end. ... American Innovation in the Shipping Industry The American-flagged merchant marine and American shipyards play only a small part in the worldwide shipping industry today. Jim Shaw recounts how the situation was much different during World War II and through the next two decades, when American innovation moved to the forefront of commercial maritime development. ... SS Batavia Rescues the Crew of the Bark Charles Ward James Shuttleworth presents the story behind a wonderful painting that was discovered amongst SSHSA’s stored collections treasures. The 1870s painting by W. Jones shows a dramatic scene of a rescue that took place in the mid-Atlantic Ocean after a hurricane dismasted the Charles Ward. ... Wind-Class Icebreakers: Part Two Terry Tilton continues his exploration of the history of the Wind-class icebreakers, which set a standard of uncompromising design that can still be seen on the largest icebreakers in service today. Approved for construction during World War II, the eight ships saw service that varied from the Great Lakes to the exploration of Antarctica.
Check out just some of the amazing auction packages we are putting together for the Ocean Liner Dinner on 5/4 by clicking the link in our bio. And stay tuned for more packages and info on early and online bidding! If you haven't purchased your ticket yet call 401-463-3570 or visit https://www.sshsa.org/support/donate.html Image: SS Leonardo Da Vinci, Capri Restaurant 1st Class, Photo by Italian Line, SSHSA Archives
We're getting close to the final call for tickets to this year's elegant Ocean Liner Dinner. As of today, we are more than 90 percent full for what is shaping up to be an amazing Ocean Liner tribute weekend. Won't you join us? Get your tickets now! Call us at 401-463-3570 or click the link in our bio to lock in your seat now! • We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already purchased their tickets or made a donation to the event. Come join us now; tickets are $200 per person or $300 per couple. • The Italian Line-inspired dinner may be the focal point of our weekend, but there will be so much more to do here in Rhode Island. We're having a special reception on Friday, May 3, at the Ship History Center in Warwick, which will include a presentation on the Italian Line to pique your interest for the following evening. RSVP to join our Board of Directors, Captains Circle members and generous donors as we toast how far SSHSA has come in the last 84 years. There is a $20 suggested donation for this event. Saturday night, May 4, will be an evening to remember. • Come enjoy a dinner inspired by classic Italian Line cuisine as you look out on the water from the historic Squantum Association in Riverside, Rhode Island. Bill Mr. Ocean Liner Miller will be our guest and reminisce about the storied history of the legendary ships that graced the ocean under the Italian Line name, and CAPT and Mrs. Cesare Sorio will welcome attendees. • If you're hanging around through Sunday, there is even a chance to have brunch with SSHSA crew and friends. • The Ocean Liner Dinner is SSHSA's biggest fundraising event and supports our STEAMing Into The Future education program and the preservation of our unique archive at the Ship History Center. Come join us for an elegant evening and help keep the story of steam alive! • Image: SS Andrea Doria Swimming Pool, photo by Italian Line AEL, SSHSA Archives.
Soap packets, C. Bradford Mitchell Collection, SSHSA Archives. #archivesartifacts #archiveshashtagparty @usnatarchives
Is it 5 o’clock yet? Found in collections. #archivesartifacts #archiveshashtagparty @usnatarchives
We have sold over 75% of the tickets to the Ocean Liner Dinner IV on May 4, 2019 at the historic Squantum Association in East Providence, RI.!! Time is running out, so get your tickets now before they sell out! This event will celebrate the Italian Line and benefit the Ship History Center, our collections, and STEAMing Into the Future (www.shiphistory.org) – our online education program. Call 401-463-3570 or click the link in our bio to get your tickets and help support #shiphistory! Image of SS Michelangelo, Interior. Photo by E. Binelli, Donald Pike Collection, SSHSA Archives.
Did you know that we only have 42 more tickets left for the Ocean Liner Dinner IV honoring the Italian Line on May 4 at the historic Squantum Association in East Providence, RI? Get your tickets now before its too late!! Call 401-441-3112 or visit the link in our bio. Image of Rex & Conte brochure, Dining Saloon B & W. Photo by Italian Line, Kenneth H. Gilbert Collection, SSHSA Archives.
We know some of our friends, members, and supporters can't make it to the Ocean Liner Dinner, but still want to help us raise funds to support our mission, the archives, and our new education program. Well, we have great news for you!! You can still help us by purchasing a page in our visual tribute to the Italian Line that can include a short message and company logo. Click the link in our bio to make your selection. Image: SS Giulio Cesare, Photo Portrait – Port side. Photo by E. Binelli, Fairchild Bowler Collection, SSHSA Archives.
#MailCallMonday Dated October 3, 1909. Dear friend: received your letter saw that you aren't sure about going to the fair Wed. We intended to go Thursday but... Had a great time this afternoon went auto riding but it didn't beat the buggy ride. Yours, Martha. SSHSA Archives.
#FromTheArchives - Dock workers on a wharf in New Orleans, sitting on what looks like cotton bales. Island Queen and City of Camden ships are in the background. SSHSA Archives.
Want to support SSHSA's Ocean Liner Dinner, but can't attend? Consider sponsoring a page in our commemorative visual tribute to the Italian Line. You will receive a full color logo and hyperlink to company website on SSHSA website along with sponsorship of one page in our commemorative photo history of the Italian Line. For more information and to select your historic photo to accompany your sponsorship information, visit https://shiphistory.org/ocean-liner-dinner-iv-program-guide-photos/ Image: SS Rex brochure, Sports Deck 1st Class – 1932. Art by Edina Altara & Vittorio Accornero, SSHSA Archive.
Sophie Tucker (1887-1966), pictured on board the Leviathan in 1925, was an international star of vaudeville, music halls, and later film, performing in both Yiddish and English in a career that spanned over 50 years. She was intrigued by the theatre, but her parents encouraged her to marry and settle in Hartford. In her autobiography Some of These Days, Tucker wrote that her mother believed “that marriage, having babies, and helping her husband get ahead were career enough for any woman. I couldn’t make her understand that it wasn’t a career that I was after. It was just that I wanted a life that didn’t mean spending most of it at the cookstove and the kitchen sink.” In 1907, Tucker got her first break in vaudeville, and after her audition, she overheard someone say, “This one’s so big and ugly, the crowd out front will razz her. Better get some cork and black her up.” Despite her protestations, producers insisted that she could be successful only in blackface. She became known as a “world renowned coon singer,” a role that she didn’t want her family to know she had taken. As luck would have it, one show her costume trunks were lost. She went onstage in Boston without blackface, declaring to the shocked audience: “You all can see I’m a white girl. Well, I’ll tell you something more: I’m not Southern. I’m a Jewish girl and I just learned this Southern accent doing a blackface act for two years. And now, Mr. Leader, please play my song.” Tucker felt that it was her economic independence that doomed her three marriages, all of which ended in divorce. As she explained it: “Once you start carrying your own suitcase, paying your own bills, running your own show, you’ve done something to yourself that makes you one of those women men like to call ‘a pal’ and ‘a good sport,’ the kind of woman they tell their troubles to. But you’ve cut yourself off from the orchids and the diamond bracelets, except those you buy yourself. Many view Sophie Tucker’s humor and raciness as a precursor of today’s strong female singers like Bette Midler who invokes Tucker in a portion of her performances under the persona “Soph.” Image from the Pickerill Collection, SSHSA Archives.
TICKETS ARE RUNNING OUT!! We have already sold 72% of our Ocean Liner Dinner tickets! Don't miss your chance to come on board to celebrate the Italian Line on May 4 at the historic Squantum Association in East Providence, RI. Call 401-463-3570 or click the link in our bio to get your tickets while they last