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The World War I shipbuilding program led to a large increase in the number of vessels in the United States. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 provided for the sale of these government owned ships to the private sector. A problem arose as how to best use them.

In addition, the United States Shipping Board was task to determine and establish world trade routes "for the promotion, development, expansion, and maintenance of foreign and coast wide trade of the United States."

The Propeller Club idea was conceived in New York in 1922, when a small group of men engaged in the maritime industry gathered frequently to discuss mutual problems and the future of American shipping arising from these and other events. Today, Port of Old Dominion University is a student branch of the nationwide Propeller Club of the United States.

The Propeller Club of the United States

The Propeller Club of the United States is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community on a national and international basis. Membership is organized into local clubs called "Ports." There are 52 port chapters in the United States, 33 Clubs overseas, 16 Student Port Clubs in the U.S., and 5 Student Ports overseas. The Propeller Club aggressively promotes the maritime industry through many of its programs and by partnering with other similar organizations. Our goal is to educate legislators and the public as to the importance and necessity of all waterborne commerce.

The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk has over 260 members from all facets of the maritime transportation and logistics fields. The Club sponsors several monthly luncheon meeting throughout the winter season. Its primary fund raising events are the well known Propeller Club Oyster Roasts held in October and April each year. The Club also organizes south Hampton Road's annual Maritime Day celebration.

The Port of Norfolk has several charitable missions. The most notable are the recently established annual scholarship of $2500 to be awarded to a member of the Old Dominion University Student Propeller Club and an annual gift of $2000 awarded to the Seaman’s Mission of Norfolk.

Please explore their Web site: http://www.propellerclubnorfolk.com/dotnetnuke/default.aspx to learn more about the Propeller Club of the United States and the Propeller Club Port of Norfolk.