About MARINE LOG
MARINE LOG is America's most respected marine industry monthly. It is dedicated to providing marine industry professionals with the information they need to enable them to design, build and operate vessels, rigs and offshore structures, profitably, safely, legally and in an environmentally responsible manner.
MARINE LOG provides this information not only through the pages of the monthly print magazine, which is now also available on-line in an enhanced digital version, and through this website, but through iits organization of conferences and trade shows.
These events allow key industry topics to be explored in greater depth than is always possible in the magazine. Most significantly, they enable direct, face-to-face contact between industry professionals and those who work with them, including members of the legislative and regulatory communities.
MARINE LOG carries on a tradition of marine industry information gathering and distribution that goes back to 1878.
In 1978, the magazine, then titled MARINE ENGINEERING/LOG, marked its centenary by publishing a history, researched by then senior editor the late, and fondly remembered Gene Heil, that began:
"Like the wonderful old New York marriages of the Cohens and the Kellys, and the Joneses and the Smiths, that later made it difficult for their descendants to trace their heritages, the many mergers, acquisitions, and name changes that occurred over a 100-year period led editors of Marine Engineering/Log down a winding and often confusing path when tracing the history of the magazine back to its beginning in 1878. "
The bound volumes of ME/LOG go back to only 1897, but it was known that there were predecessors, related by merger, reporting on maritime affairs some 19 years earlier. The task of finding them and establishing accurate dates was finally accomplished through sheer stubbornness --a trait that's often confused with editorial integrity."
The first of these predecessors was Marine Record, a tabloid format 11 inches tall, "Published Every Thursday at 144 Superior Street (Leader Building), Cleveland, Ohio." A copy of Volume VII, No. 19, dated May 7, 1885 was found in the archives of a library. Subtracting one volume a year for seven years from 1885 puts Volume I in the year 1878-100 years ago. A.A. Pomeroy was featured on the masthead as the "Editor and Proprietor." Meanwhile, also in Cleveland, a second magazine called Marine Review was founded in 1891, competing happily with Marine Record.
Both the Record and the Review welcomed Marine Engineering's appearance in New York City in April, 1897, praising the editorial content of its 40-page Volume I, No. 1, and noting that "...the first issue is worthy of the best support of advertisers and subscribers." Extracts from these and many other notices from magazines and newspapers of the day were published on the back cover of Marine Engineering's issue No. 2.
The magazine was published by Marine Publishing Company, located in the World Building in New York. H.M. Swetland was president and general manager, and H.L. Aldrich was vice president and business manager.