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National Maritime Day

May 22, 2010

National Maritime Day is May 22nd. That is the date that the American steamship Savannah sailed from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean using steam propulsion.

On May 20, 1933, Congress declared May 22 as National Maritime Day. This holiday reflects the appreciation Americans have for the maritime industry and its benefits to our country. The celebration honors ships, seafarers and the merchant marine. Communities and organizations hold events such as memorial observances at merchant marine memorials and open houses or special celebrations at seaports.

The President issues a proclamation calling on people to observe National Maritime Day by displaying the U.S. flag at home and on all government buildings.

For more information, visit: http://nationalmaritimeday.org/.



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