National Maritime Day

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Happy National Maritime Day to all!  Today is a day where we celebrate the maritime trade and those who engage in it, especially those mariners who have lost their lives in service.ln22-jpg635164826126522885

 

On May 20, 1933, Congress set aside May 22 as National Maritime Day as it was May 22, 1819 that the SS Savannah began a transatlantic journey and became the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  It took the ship 29 days and four hours.

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SS Savannah, drawing by Samuel Ward Stanton