Tin Can Sailors was formed in 1976 in Fall River Massachusetts as a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We publish The Tin Can Sailor newspaper each quarter and host an extensive website at www.destroyers.org
. The newspaper is provided free to each destroyer and frigate of the active fleet and to hardship members who cannot afford the $30 annual fee. Since 1990, Tin Can Sailors, through our Thomas J. Peltin Destroyer Museum Grant Program, has made donations totaling more than $1.8 Million to support restoration and maintenance of the destroyers of the Historic Fleet plus donations to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Historic Naval Ships Association. In addition, TCS has made project donations to the two destroyer escorts, USS Slater in Albany, New York and USS Stewart in Galveston Texas. TCS has what is probably the largest independent library of naval publications. The Tin Can Sailors Library houses some 19,000 books and publications at our Somerset, Massachusetts headquarters where we also have an extensive collection of ship’s plaques and commissioning posters. TCS supports ship associations and reunion groups, listing more than 700 on our website in various ways, including providing donations of door prizes/raffle prizes, TCS newspapers, and membership information. We offer advice on conducting reunions, on creating ship websites, and on forming ship association. TCS has an extensive photo collection and is constantly working to enlarge it. TCS owns and operates sophisticated digital archiving equipment and is able to access previously archived materials (e.g. microfilm and microfiche) and produce digital CDs for researchers and other interested parties for a nominal fee. The newspaper presents an array of stories and articles on destroyers, destroyer-related ships, and the sailors who served in them plus news of when and where the reunion groups will be holding their events in the coming months.