Slideshow - Ferry At Sea

Organisation

Since its founding by a small group of dedicated ship enthusiasts in 1946, the World Ship Society has grown into the largest and most prestigious international organisation dedicated to maritime and naval history. Today the World Ship Society is noted for its extensive list of publications...

Read More

Slideshow - Cruise Ship

Membership

Consider a membership of the World Ship Society. Not only will you gain access to some of the most renowned maritime researchers in the world, you will also be able to partake in interesting activities around the world, such as volunteering or attending our Annual General Meeting - or just conversing with fellow ship lovers.

Read More

Slideshow - USS Missouri (BB-63)

Shop

Come and view our shop for the current selection of photos available to purchase. This selection will continue to grow as our new site gets underway and we develop the shop. Also now available to purchase membership to the society through our online shop. Check it out.

Read More

Slideshow - Container Ship

Photo Library

The photos in this album are all by members of the World Ship Society, and showcase a variety of vessels seen in and around the world. Many more images will be added as time permits.

Read More

Join Now!

Come Aboard! Find out more about membership to World Ship Society

What We Do
Since its founding by a small group of dedicated ship enthusiasts in 1946, the World Ship Society has grown into the largest and most prestigious international organisation dedicated to maritime and naval history. Today the World Ship Society is noted for its extensive…
Read On...

History of the WSS
What is now known as the World Ship Society was originally the "brain child" of Michael Crowdy, brought about more or less by chance. In 1946, Michael was corresponding with various people interested in ships, and as the number of correspondents grew, it became...
Read On...

Who We Are
We are an all-volunteer organisation, with no Central Office. Therefore it is important that you communicate with the particular volunteer responsible for the matter at hand. Each year we publish a long list of volunteer names and contact information, in our monthly magazine,...
Read On...

Chatham archive

Our Library and Archives are located in the Receiving Room, Chatham Historic Dockyard, in Kent, England.
The Receiving Room is a ground-level property, with a mezzanine floor, which is situated in the heart of the dockyard complex, on the "visitor trail" between the Ropery and the "Steam, Steel & Submarines".
The mezzanine floor houses the Library and Reading Room, whilst the screened off space under is used for storage, and the front, open, section downstairs contains inspection copies of in-print Society publications, sales tables of duplicate publications and photographs as well as information about the Society.
Although the Library and Archives are intended mainly for the use of Society members, non-members may also use the facilities in return for a suitable donation, and members of the public are welcome in the open section.
The Dockyard is open to the public daily until Sunday 29th November 2015. We hope to have our Facility open daily from 11 am 'till 4 pm, but that depends on the availability of our small but dedicated band of volunteers...
Read On...

Venture Fund

The World Ship Society is always looking at ways to provide a better service to its members, but many times is foiled in its attempts by a shortage of available funds. We always welcome financial donations to the Society to enable us to publish more shipping books, acquire important and historic photograph collections, maintain our Chatham Library, run more specialist meetings, support beneficial research projects and acquire additional computer hardware and software as and when appropriate.
You can help the Society by donating cash, books and photographs or making sure your will is up to date with a clause or two indicating your exact wishes for the disposal of your maritime material, rather than having them deposited in the dust bin by some uncaring executor or relative.
Monies donated to the Society will be placed in our Venture Fund, which was established in 1980 to provide a source of funds for World Ship Society projects. At that time, the Society's major source of income was the membership fee, which was expected to pay for the printing...
Read On...