first Propeller Club was ideated in New York 1922 when some
business men engaged in
maritime activities, from industry to commerce, began to meet during
breakfast to discuss the problems due to the development of shipping.
By the end of world war I. the government of the United States decided
to sell a considerable number
of shipping vessels, now available, even to private companies and so the
problem was, how to make the best of them.
initial circle of friends, which decided to meet periodically, soon
became larger and yet in 1923 was founded an association with the name Propeller
Club Port of New York.
name Propeller was elected because it seemed to transfer at the
best the idea of an enforced impulse, which the members wanted to give
the maritime activities.
a group of persons with similar intentions began to meet in Boston, and
asked the Club in New York for the authorisation to use the same name
Propeller, to qualify their own activity
of promotion and development. Once received the official
authorisation the Club of Boston was integrated 1927 into the club of
New York and so the
Propeller Club of the United States
after this another club was founded in New Orleans, while a group of
students founded the Student Port at the University of Yale.
first meeting of these four initial clubs took place at the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel in New York City. During this meeting was prepared the
basis to give a homogenous structure for all the clubs already existing
and to create a real own statute. The main goal was described as follows:
"To promote, further and
support merchant marine, transportations and communications, to promote
commerce, public relations and cultural exchanges". In 1929 two
other clubs were founded in Tampa, Florida and Seattle.
The first club in Europe was created 1932 in Hamburg, Germany, but in reality it was an association founded by American citizens, that treated with shipping in this country. But a few years later other clubs were founded in Europe following its example.
1932 was created in Italy the Port of Genoa: the 18th in the
In Leghorn the Propeller Club Port of Leghorn was born in 1978, the fifth club in Italy after Genoa, Milan, Neaples and Venice.
The club in Leghorn had always focused its activity in promotion and was always in expansion till it reached in 2002 the number of about 100 members, which are all bounded with their professions to the sea and maritime activities.
(in April 2001) was founded a section on Elba separated from the
Club of Leghorn with 15 members.
its foundation there were
the following presidents of the Club of Leghorn:
- Ugo Vincenzini (1978-1981)
- Sergio Giani (1981-1993)
- Giuliano Corsini (1993-1999)
- Amerigo Cafferata (1999-2002)
Propeller Club of Leghorn has an own independent seat in the
Maritime Port, which facilitates the various activities of the club and
which is an important place to meet for its members and for those
belonging to the other clubs, which are by the way in Leghorn. The
secretariat is opened all days from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00, except on
We are very pleased to offer all the members of the Italian and foreign Propeller Clubs our services. You can contact us under the following address:
Club Port of Leghorn
Calata Carrara - Stazione Marittima
Tel. e Fax 0586 829344