About Us

The Propeller Club of Houston is a member of the International Propeller Club of the United States which is an international business network group that is dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, maritime commerce and global trade. The Propeller Club of Houston promotes the maritime industry through many of its programs and partnering with other similar organizations.

 

Our goal is to educate legislators and the public as to the importance and necessity of all waterborne commerce. Please explore our website to learn more of The Propeller Club of Houston’s charity and events then go to the International Propeller Club of the United States web site to see their objectives, activities and a list of other Port Clubs.

The Houston & Texas Gulf Coast has an exciting future that the Propeller Club is proud to be a part of.
With great sponsors like :

    • WGMA
    • Phoenix International
    • IPS
    • L&R Midland
    • Sewart Supply
    • Stanley Parts
And charities like:

    • Texas A&M Maritime Galveston
    • San Jacinto College Maritime
    • Port of Houston Seafarers Center
    • Houston Maritime Museum

History

The Propeller Club was conceived in 1922 as an ever-growing group of maritime professionals met informally each day over lunch to discuss issues of the industry. As the group became too large for casual conversation, speakers began to be invited to address the group. Growth continued, and in January of 1923 the “Propeller Club of the Port of New York” was formed, with thirty-three in attendance choosing the name and scheduling regular meetings.

News of the club spread to other port cities, and Propeller Clubs were formed in Boston, New Orleans, and at Yale University. On November 7, 1927, The Propeller Club of the United States as a national and international organization was formed, with individual member clubs designated as "Ports." Ports followed in Tampa, Seattle, Jacksonville and Miami. The first overseas Propeller Club Port was formed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1932, by Americans engaged in the maritime business there.

The membership comprises a cross section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many cities overseas. The Propeller Club is particularly well equipped to promote, further and support the merchant marine. "Propeller" in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required to communicate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for both overseas and domestic commerce.

Today, the International Propeller Club of the United States is an international business network dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade. There are more than 80 Ports in maritime locations around the world, including almost 30 in foreign cities.