For cruise ship history enthusiasts join the Steamship Historical Society of America.



PRINCESS PATRICIA.  This Canadian Pacific Line’s coastal ship was chartered in the 1960s for cruises to Mexico and was the original vessel used to establish Princess Cruises.  This was the first “love boat.”  By joining the Steamship Historical Society of America you open a world of cruise ship history.


The Steamship Historical Society of America was established in 1935 to bring together amateur and professional historians interested in the heritage of steam navigation.

The Society has a membership of more than 2300 people worldwide, and our mission is dedicated to recording, preserving, and distributing information about all types of engine powered vessels from liners to modern cruise ships.

  • Learn all about the history of Holland America Line, Cunard Line, Costa and such conglomerates as Carnival Cruises.
  • Looking for materials such as photographs, statistics, or promotional materials about various ships, transit companies, or related information?
  • Doing research to find out more about the ship your great-great grandparents came over from “the old country” upon?
  • Want to see a picture of the merchant marine vessel that your uncle served on during World War II?
  • Interested in finding out what steamboat travel upon the American coastal waters was like in the 19th and 20th Century?
  • Like to take trips on classic ocean liners or modern cruise ships?
  • Ever take a ride to an amusement park on a ferryboat, take an excursion on a tour boat to an island resort, or skim along on a high-speed hydroplane to vacation destinations?
  • Like The Great Lakes’ freighters, working harbor tugboats, or inland river stern wheelers?
  • Wonder what it’s like to take a pleasure ride on a vintage steam launch, classic yacht, or antique boat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your first port-of-call should be joining the SSHSA!


Holland America Line’s SS ROTTERDAM – 1950s. 

The SSHSA is the authority on engine-powered vessels and, through membership, have vast resources, experts in the field, and historical data available.  Including the social history of sailing by liner and famous ships.


Contact SSHSA today but first, please consider joining the growing numbers of SSHSA members who already enjoy the benefits of supporting a great organization.

It’s easy to join.

Click here to learn about SSHSA or call the Society directly at 401-274-0805 and they will be happy to process your application via credit card over the phone.



Quarterly magazine is included in SSHSA



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…