Daily Almanac for Saturday, May 22, 2021: United States Maritime Day

National Maritime Day, May 22, 1947. By U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

US: NATIONAL MARITIME DAY

In 1933, Congress designated May 22 as National Maritime Day. On this day in 1819, the “first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion” began when the steamship S.S. Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. It arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 20. National Maritime Day is an occasion to honor the past and present contributions of the U.S. merchant marine during both peace and war.

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