Posted on: May 18, 2018 5:13 pm
Every year on May 22nd, the country celebrates National Maritime Day but do you know why? Congress declared May 22nd National Maritime Day as a way to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage. Savannah was traveling from the home port of Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England. The trip took 29 days and 4 hours but it marked the first time a steam propulsion vessel successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean.
The Joint Resolution from Congress reads: “Whereas on May 22, 1819, the steamship The Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia, on the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion, thus making a material contribution to the advancement of ocean transportation: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That May 22 of each year shall hereafter be designated and known as National Maritime Day, and the President is authorized and requested annually to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such National Maritime Day by displaying the flag at their homes or other suitable places and Government officials to display the flag on all Government buildings on May 22 of each year.”
National Maritime Day is a day to observe our maritime heritage, to honor those who served as merchant mariners and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry. From ports to Propeller Clubs, Maritime Day is celebrated in a variety of ways including open houses, special celebrations and luncheons.
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