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  10/19/2013
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:
               Life Insurance:  Aetna, Sun Ship Group Life  Insurance contact is Colleen Zoto at 215.775.0354 (Rev: 5/20/08)
               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:    The SSHS is looking for a hi-res scanned copy of the launching invitation for the 'Westward Venture' Hull 675.  Note: This is not Hull 674                                       that was  5/3/2010  launched as the 'Westward Venture' and delivered as the 'Atlantic Bear'.  We would appreciate any help we can get                                        on this.  Please email info to the address above. Thank You, Dave K.
Note 5:    "Great Land": Visit the Bulleting Board to get an update on 'Her' tow to Brownsville, TX for recycling.
Note 6:   We  recently obtained the original launching plaque of the S.S. Chester Sun, Hull No. 001 thru the courtesy of the New Life Thrift, Inc. in Glenside, PA.
Their name has just been added to our contribrutors page along with our grateful thanks. Hopefully, it won't be long before I will be able to get a picture                  of it on the site.
Note 7:     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 8:7/04/13 SCAM NOTICE: This is a notice about an apparent Sun Ship email pension scam that has appeared today.
I have received a number of 'alerts' about this today (7/3/2013). Visit the Bulletin Board' for some additional information.
Thanks to those who brought it to my attention. Dave Kavanagh
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