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May 4, 2012
For Immediate Release…
Steamship Historical Society of America Events Draw Ship History Enthusiasts to Baltimore Harbor
Members of the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) and leaders of endangered historically important vessels from around the country are coming together for three days of special events and activities in the Helen Delich Bentley Baltimore Harbor on the nation’s only nuclear-powered cargo ship, NS Savannah.
The event, From Steamer to Nuclear, includes activities that begin with the Friday, May 18, 2012 ShiPosium™ followed by the Society’s Annual meeting and celebration of National Maritime Day Saturday, May 19, and the SSHSA Business Meeting Sunday, May 20.
Speaker: Renowned author and historian John Laurence Busch tells the story of the very first steam-powered crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by the SS Savannah.
Keynote: Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley (retired) is keynote speaker at the SSHSA banquet. Representing the Baltimore area of Maryland, she served five terms in the House beginning in the 99th Congress and focused on shipping and trade issues. From 1969 to 1975 she was chair of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Representative Bentley’s national reputation as an authority on maritime issues began with her syndicated column, “Around the Waterfront” that appeared in 15 newspapers and led to developing a popular, long-running television show on the maritime industry.
The Steamship Historical Society of America, the nation’s oldest ship
history organization, hosts various maritime activities over three days this May.
- Friday, May 18, 2012: Leaders of endangered historic vessels and ship history enthusiasts from across the nation will gather at the ShiPosium™ on the NS Savannah, to share ideas and lessons learned in their work preserving the nations iconic historic vessels.
- Saturday, May 19, SSHSA members will celebrate National Maritime Day with a wreath laying ceremony, water cannon displays, special ship tours and other activities, capped off with a multi-media presentation by renowned author and historian John Laurence Busch who will detail the very first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by the steam-powered SS Savannah and the keynote address by Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley (retired).
“We are devoted to preserving the entirety of our nation’s rich maritime history,” added SSHSA President, Commander John Hamma, U.S. Navy (retired), “including those historic vessels in jeopardy today.”
In addition to its authoritative magazine, PowerShips, the Society hosts a world class website and publishes newsletters and books of high interest to ship history enthusiasts throughout the world.
To learn more about Steamship Historical Society of America, its extensive collections and wide-ranging activities, or to register for the events, visit: www.sshsa.org.
About SSHSA: The Steamship Historical Society of America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt educational organization established in 1935. It is the oldest and largest society of its kind in the world and is considered a vital source and authority on the nautical and maritime history of engine-powered vessels, from the earliest steam-powered ships to today’s modern passenger liners. SSHSA is dedicated to recording, preserving, and distributing information about all types of engine-powered vessels. For more information or to join the SSHSA, visit: www.sshsa.org.
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