On November 7, 1927, The Propeller Club of the United States as a national and international organization was formed. In 1932, the Propeller Club began to expand to overseas ports. The national membership comprises a cross section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many cities overseas. Today, The Propeller Club is the largest maritime association in the United States and currently has 33 International Ports throughout the world.
The Propeller Club, Port of Portland Maine, received their charter on December 7, 1938. The club has over 135 members, including fleet operators, deck and engine officers, terminal managers, agents, chandlers, members of government, and others. The Club is dedicated to promoting commerce in the Port of Portland. Its central mission is the preservation of deep water berthing within the Port.
The Club is active. We convene a dinner meeting at 1730 on the second Thursday of each month (September through April), at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Commercial Street in Portland. The meeting begins with a social hour followed by dinner. During dinner a guest speaker, often a member of state or local government or an industry figure, speaks on a matter of current interest. In December, we suspend the meeting and enjoy a gala holiday dinner dance at a local country club. In May, the Club celebrates Maritime Day with a luncheon, a guest speaker of national importance and presentation of awards. On the last Wednesday of each month (September through June), the Board of Governors meets at noon for a board meeting, again at DiMillo’s – all members are welcome.