The Propeller Club – Port of Tampa has been in existence since 1929 and promotes waterborne commerce and the maritime industry, collaborates with other organizations dedicated to the maritime industry, promotes a spirit of friendship and common purpose, and gives back to the community though a variety of initiatives.
There are more than 80 Propeller Club chapters in the world and the Propeller Club – Port of Tampa is the largest with more than 500 members who support the maritime industry through networking events and community involvement.
Our membership is diversified and open to everyone. Members come from a variety of industries including shipyards, trucking companies, steamship agencies, legal firms, banks and many others.
The Port of Tampa Propeller Club was one of the first Propeller Clubs founded to support commerce at Tampa’s growing port.
During World War II, the Port of Tampa was one of the larges U.S. shipbuilding and repair facilities to prepare war vessels. By the late 1940’s, the Propeller Club had 175 members.
As the port grew, the Propeller Club grew as well – adding many popular networking and recognition events, such as "Phosphate Night" (now Maritime Industry Night) and “Shrimperoo”. In addition, the Propeller Club – Port of Tampa became more well-known nationally, with multiple members winning "National Member of the Year" awards from The International Propeller Club of the U.S.
The Tampa club becomes the largest in the U.S. and had nominated its first female president, which was only the second woman to hold that position at any Propeller Club. The Club also became more active advocating for issues important to the maritime industry.
In 2005, the Propeller Club proposed and sponsored a proposal to expand the Tampa Port Authority Board from five to seven persons, with the two newest members to be chosen from a list recommended by a joint committee of the Propeller Club and the Port of Tampa Maritime Industry Association. The Tampa club has been recognized as Club of the Year multiple times.