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History


The Propeller Club idea was conceived in New York in the latter part of 1922, when a small group of men engaged in the marine industry gathered frequently at luncheon to discuss mutual problems and the future of American shipping. As a result of the World War I shipbuilding program, there were a large number of vessels available, and the most pressing problem was how to make the best use of them. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 had pointed the way - it provided for the sale of Government owned ships to both citizens and aliens, and directed the United States Shipping Board to determine and establish world trade routes "for the promotion, development, expansion and maintenance of the foreign and coastwise trade of the United States." The original group expanded and on January 24, 1923, formal organisation took place when the "Propeller Club of the Port of New York" was established - the keel of The Propeller Club of the United States which was to be founded four years later. The name "Propeller" was chosen as being emblematic of the driving force.


Regular luncheon meetings were held and attendance and membership increased. The energy of the New York group attracted attention in other cities.


Somewhat later, a similar group in Boston asked if it might use the name "Propeller." Permission was granted readily, and a loose affiliation was established in February 1927. In May of that year the Propeller Club of New Orleans was formed, and at Yale University a body of engineering students organised the first Student Port.


Subsequent correspondence led to the decision to form a national organisation and on November 9, 1927, delegates representing the four Propeller Clubs convened at the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. When the meeting was concluded, The Propeller Club of the United States had emerged, with constitution, by-laws, national officers, and a very modest treasury.


At first, growth was slow. Almost two years elapsed before Port No. 5 was chartered at Tampa, Florida, on May 25, 1929. Port No. 6 at Seattle, the first on the West Coast, was chartered on July 6th of that year. Since then, the organisation has grown steadily. In 1932, the first overseas Port was established in Hamburg, Germany, its membership consisting of American citizens engaged in maritime activities.


Today, there is a Propeller Club Port in practically every city of consequence in continental United States - on the seacoasts, the Great Lakes, and the inland waterways.


Today, the Propeller Club counts about 8,000 members worldwide.


The International Clubs represent 29 Port Clubs and 2 student Clubs, with over 2000 members. The International Clubs are divided in 3 regions; each of one has its President or Vice President in charge:

 

  • Mr. Ahmet Cullu Turkey and Middle East Region
  • Mr. Apostolos Doucas Southern Europe & Africa Region

  • Mr. Hugo GEERTS - EAPC EUROPE