About SSHSA Library

SSHSA’s archives cover a vast array of maritime topics and history relating to the United States, and world shipping.  They include:

    For specific research questions, please contact our archivist Astrid Drew via email or by phone at 401-463-3570.

 SSHSA’s Image Porthole

An industry leading tool currently in place is our Image Porthole.  Since its launch in 2008, more than 60,000 digitized maritime photos are currently available online via the SSHSA Image Porthole. In addition to photographic images, the porthole also contains digitized posters, paintings, and artifacts. SSHSA members can interact with the Image Porthole database and help us identify these images and items. General public may login as guests and view the images.

SSHSA’s Maritime Library

The library includes volumes about shipping lines, specific vessels of military and merchant classes, war, immigration and genealogy, as well as periodicals, reference materials on marine engineering, the merchant marine, and shipping registers.

Search or browse our library in our online catalog.

Please refer below for a list of the registers available in our library:

Lloyd’s Registers: 1764, 1774, 1790, 1800, 1812, 1820, 1844, 1848, 1851, 1853, 1861-63, 1873, 1878, 1882-1883, 1886-1888, 1893, 1897-1898, 1900-1901, 1907-1999.

Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts: 1914, 1922-1926, 1929-1942, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1969, 1976, 1977.

Record of American and Foreign Shipping: 1897, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1909-1910, 1913-1915, 1918-1967, 1971, 1974-1975, 1979-1981, 1986-1996.

Merchant Vessels of the United States: 1868-1870, 1875, 1881, 1883-1965, 1968-1979, 1981, 1989.

***Please note that not all of the collections in the archives are processed (or documented), and so certain requests for information or specific items may take time.  Please state the urgency or any relevant deadlines upon requesting information or research time.***

Click here to request research or a photo search, or to request more information.