On this day in 1928, the Bremen was launched. Her maiden voyage took place on July 16, 1929 from Bremerhaven to New York City under the command of Commodore Leopold Ziegenbein. She arrived four days, 17 hours, and 42 minutes later, capturing the westbound Blue Riband from Mauretania As Nazism gained power in Germany, Bremen and her pier in New York were often the site of Anti-Nazi demonstrations. During WWII, she was used as a barracks ship and was destroyed by fire in 1941. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, we are expanding our lesson on Italian immigration to Providence on the Fabre Line. Follow Gerardo D'Amico on his journey to America leaving Naples on board the S.S. Madonna on June 14, 1907 with just $7 in his pocket. Keep checking back as we will add more interactive images to tell his story. Visit https://shiphistory.org/2017/07/10/immigration-to-providence/ to see what we have so far. Special thanks to Christina D’Amico Alvernas for her genealogy research.
Did you know that the SS America made her maiden voyage on August 10, 1940? Image: United States Lines' AMERICA at New York, Braun Brothers Collection, SSHSA Archives.
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It's almost back to school time! Have you seen our lesson on Immigration and Disease on STEAMing Into the Future? We've recently added Next Generation Science Standards to many of our lessons. Check out the lesson plan here: https://shiphistory.org/2017/09/27/immigration-and-disease/ Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Did you know that in the past 7 days we have had educators from India, South Korea, the UK and Spain visit our online education program, STEAMing Into the Future? Help us continue to build momentum and consider joining our advisory board for education. If you're an educator or know someone who might be interested please visithttps://shiphistory.org/2019/07/12/advisory-board/ to learn more!
The SSHSA community's support for our Summer Appeal has been nothing short of amazing. We have raised more than 75 percent of our goal in just a few short weeks, and are now reaching for the finish line. Won't you help us get there before the beaches start to empty out and the schools open their doors again? It is the support of our members and friends that keeps us afloat. Each donation that we receive helps preserve maritime heritage for the next generation. Don't let the legacy of steam become merely a footnote of the past. Help us keep it alive! Visit www.sshsa.org/support/donate.html or click the link in our bio! The Ship History Center and ShipHistory.org give us a great opportunity to fulfill our mission, but you have the power to help us reach our full potential. Contact us directly if you would like to arrange a personal visit to see the benefits of donating. Thank you in advance for your generosity, and have a great rest of the summer!!
On this day we remember the tragedy of the SS Eastland disaster. The S.S. Eastland, known as the Speed Queen of the Great Lakes, was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take Western Electric employees, families and friends across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for a day of fun. But the trip quickly turned tragic and resulted in the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. The Eastland, docked at the Clark Street Bridge, never left the Chicago River. Tragedy struck on July 24, 1915 when the ship rolled over into the river at the wharf's edge. More than 2,500 passengers and crew members were on board that day – and 844 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families. For more detailed information visit http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/ Images from the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.
PowerShips is landing in mailboxes as we speak! Do you need to renew or become a member to make sure you receive your copy? Visit https://www.sshsa.org/join/index.html to learn more! PowerShips is our premiere publication, printed and distributed quarterly to members of the Steamship Historical Society of America. This 88-page, full color magazine includes regional columns from across the United States and overseas, special columns on cruise ships, yachts, and tugboats, reviews of newly published maritime books and much more. Launched in 1940 as The Steamboat Bill of Facts, PowerShips has been published continuously for 79 years.
On this day, July 17, 1918, the Cunarder Carpathia is torpedoed by a German submarine and sunk. Image: Photo of Carpathia docked at Pier 54 in New York City in 1912 following the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic, American Press Association.
There are a few key things that come to mind when most people think of summer: sun, fireworks, cookouts and, most importantly, vacation. Most of us wait all year long for that glorious moment when the car is all packed up and a new adventure is about to begin. And while you're spread out on the beach, hiking a new trail or making your way across this great country of ours, know that we are hard at work here at the Ship History Center tending to the archives, growing our STEAMing Into The Future website, and charting the future of the organization. But we can't do it without your help. Whether you're traveling by sea, land or air, won't you consider making a donation to the SSHSA Summer Appeal before you go? It is the support of our members and friends that keeps us afloat. Each donation that we receive helps preserve maritime heritage for the next generation. Don't let the legacy of steam become merely a footnote of the past. Help us keep it alive! The Ship History Center and ShipHistory.org give us a great opportunity to fulfill our mission, but you have the power to help us reach our full potential. Please click the link in our bio to donate securely online, and contact us directly at
if you would like to arrange a personal visit to see the benefits of donating. Thank you in advance for your generosity, and have a great summer!
From our crew to yours, we wish you a Happy and safe Independence Day. Image: S.S. United States, fantail with passengers, March 1960 in New York, Braun Brothers Collection, SSHSA Archives. And check out our lesson on the S.S. United States on our educational website, STEAMing Into the Future: https://shiphistory.org/2017/09/20/ss-united-states/
Just in time to celebrate America's independence, PowerShips issue #310 looks at three ships that served our commanders-in-chief in their diplomatic efforts, as well as other legendary vessels that make up our country's rich maritime heritage. Join today to receive PowerShips magazine as a membership benefit: https://www.sshsa.org/join/index.html • Here's just a taste of what's on the way: Queen Elizabeth 2: The Early Years In “Lives of the Liners,” Bill Miller talks about the trials and tribulations that Cunard faced as it worked to replace the Queen Elizabeth in the 1960s. The company weathered design changes, cash flow problems and even a six-week maritime strike to ultimately complete one of history’s most iconic vessels, the Queen Elizabeth 2. Presidential Yachts: 1880–1921 Presidential yachts were used to transport presidents to important ceremonies, serve as venues for international diplomacy and host both foreign and domestic dignitaries. Gary Lombardo, PhD, presents an intriguing story of their service to the United States, introducing us to the first three presidential yachts – the Despatch, the Dolphin and the Sylph. The Port of Da Nang, Vietnam: 1966–67 Little has been written about South Vietnam’s seaports and their role in the Vietnam War. David Hendrickson offers a pictorial history of Da Nang, the primary military port during the war, which had to be significantly and quickly updated to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy. The Demise of the MV Union Reliance The Union Reliance, which started out as a C3-M cargo ship in 1939, sailed under six different names and five different Ports of Registry. Eric Pearson presents the ship’s unique history as an aircraft carrier and migrant ship, as well as its eventual collision and demise. 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 the rescue, in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, after a hurricane dismasted the Charles Ward.
Have you seen our new lesson using Jack Heaney and the interior design of the NS Savannah to teach about color? Check it out: https://shiphistory.org/2019/06/12/jack-heaney-the-interior-design-of-the-ns-savannah/ Comment what topics you think we should cover on our educational website, STEAMing into the Future.
On June 22, 1927, the Ile de France made her maiden voyage. Image: The Ile de France on the Hudson River in New York, March 1955, Braun Brothers Collection, SSHSA Archives.