• To promote and support maritime interests and commerce in the Puget Sound Region.
  • To support existing business and related services, including the American Merchant Marine and the Port of Tacoma.
  • To foster understanding and cooperation in the public and private sectors with regard to maritime issues.
  • To support the objectives and program of The Propeller Club of the United States.
  • To maintain support of student education through scholarship funding.

​​​​The Tacoma


Propeller Club

The Propeller Club of the United States

The Propeller Club of the United States is a nonprofit organization whose members comprise a broad cross-section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many ports in Europe and the Far East.

Today, the Propeller Club is the largest "grassroots" maritime association in the U.S. and the world with clubs in 55 U.S. ports, 25 non-U.S. ports, 24 student ports and a worldwide membership of about 12,000.

The Propeller Club was conceived in New York in the latter part of 1922 when a small group of marine industry men gathered frequently to discuss mutual problems concerning American shipping.  This original group slowly expanded and on January 24, 1923, formally organized themselves as the "Propeller Club of New York," the keel of the the Propeller Club of the United States which was to be founded four years later.

The name "Propeller" was chosen as being emblematic of the driving force.  During the next four years, a similar group was founded in Boston and asked if it might also use the name "Propeller Club."  A loose affiliation was established with that group in February 1927.  In May of 1927, the Propeller Club of New Orleans was formed and later that year, at Yale University, a body of engineering students was organized as the first Student Port.

​Learn more about the Propeller Club of the United States at www.propellerclubhq.com.

Our Purpose

The Tacoma Propeller Club at Port of Tacoma is the largest club on the West Coast with over 200 members. Its membership is composed of a comprehensive representation of the marine industry core companies in the greater Puget Sound area - from marine supply and marine surveyors to naval architects and marine engineers; from shipping companies to port administrators; from towing companies to chemical and petroleum companies.  Almost 200 separate companies are represented.

Education is an important component of our activities.  The Tacoma Propeller Club is the charter partner of the Sea Scout Ship 110, the Charles N. Curtis. Sea Scouts, is a program of the Boy Scouts of America, and our club has provided funding support to this unit for over 20 years.


We also arrange the Lelli Memorial Scholarship program where member companies in the international trade and maritime community sponsor high school students for an all-day event that includes tours of the Port of Tacoma and local businesses.  We have provided approximately $30,000 in college scholarships over the past five years.

One of our objectives is "to maintain a continuing education program of public relations, education and good will among exporters and importers and the public generally."  This is accomplished through participation in the annual Commencement Bay Maritime Fest where we organize the Salmon Bake each year.  While serving the best barbequed salmon in the Pacific Northwest, we talk to the public about who we are and what we do - it's the perfect opportunity.