This site has been established to preserve the history of Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA, USA and  to be a resource for all those sharing an interest in Sun Ship, it's history, technology, employees, ships, and industrial products.
This site is a work-in-progress and is currently being compiled and edited by Dave Kavanagh  (33M Dept).   We would appreciate any comments or additions that could be included at this site, including guest articles that would pertain to the yard it's history and technology. Also, we would be interested in any copies of Sun Ship documentation or memorabilia that could be utilized in our project.
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This site updated on  07.24.2017
Welcome to Sun Ship Historical Society's Website and Home Page
Note 1:     The following information is related to Sun Ship  life insurance  and pension.  Questions can be directed to:
1.6.17       Life Insurance:      Aetna, Sun Ship Group Life  Insurance contact is Dawn Gorman, Administrative Assistant, Tri-State National Accounts
via email at:  (Rev: 06.17.2017)
                Pension:               MetLife: Contact Number is 800.638.5656 (Contact number revalidated 7/10/2013)
Note 2:    Next time your near Harrah's, take a look at our historic marker located on Route 291 at the entrance to the casino.
Note 3:    Visit the Hagley Museum & Library site at and click on the 'Princess Anne' to view their partial Sun Ship photo-collection.
Note 4:    When visiting the 'Selections' page, click on the 'What's New' icon for a quick check on what's been added to the site.
               Concept courtesy Butch Kates and his Sun Oil's ''.
Note 5:    If you find any 'links' that are not working or information that needs to be corrected, expanded upon or typographical errors, please contact me by email
as listed above.
Note 6:   Thanks to Terry Potter, Director of J. Wells Henderson Library & Archives in Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA , there is now a new
1.6.17     'ON-LINE' catalog. Please stop by and take a look at it.

Note 7:   Please review 'What's New' for tests of our new 'Ships of Sun Ship'. Try our 'Ohio' Hull 190, 'Atlantic Bear' Hull 674, 'Tonsina' Hull 668 and 'Lurline' Hull
662that have been added to the site.

Note 8:   Sorry for the lack of updates to the website, but things have been very busy here. A number of Independence Seaport Museum volunteers and myself
have been archiving the ISM's Sun Ship collection over the last few months. To date, we have scanned over 3,100 items and cataloged over
4,000 items. I hope by the end of the summer, we will have completed this project and I will get back to our SSHS emails and website updates-dmk
If you drop by, please sign our guest book, as we are extremely interested in your thoughts about the site, the type of information that would be of interest to others as well as informing us of other sites related to shipbuilding.  In addition, consider looking over "View Entries", as this has become a gathering spot for people who would like to establish contact with others, either with similar interests or renewing old friendships.  Please leave any suggestions, information, corrections or comments at     Thank You, Dave Kavanagh
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