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What do we celebrate today?

May 22, 2014

We celebrate those who go down to the sea in ships on National Maritime Day.

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National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933. – Wikipedia

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It is a time to observe its maritime heritage, to honor those who served as merchant mariners, and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry.

The contributions made by the US merchant marine ships and men are important throughout our history, but became particularly crucial during World War II, bringing supplies to our allies and playing an important role in bringing troops home.  Here is a short history of this day of observance.

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2 comments

  1. Drat, I gave away all those clothes.

    It’s a real shame we lost them all but reading Howard Pease made me appreciate the low esteem that they were held in by the public, and worse, their ship owners. It was every bit chattel slavery.
    You read about the WWII crews who were sunk and drifted to survival for a hundred days… their pay stopped the day their ship sank. All that drifting was paid nothing.

    OK, that might have been capital excess but, read Mowat and see that the shipowners were always at the very ragged edge of survival. That was the true cost of the Depression. Men would work for peanuts. They needed the work, the owners needed them and it all hung on a knife edge.

    ooops. sorry. I was just blogging myself.

    Those men are worth celebrating. They got nothing at all at the risk of their lives. Nothing.

    So I put the flag up.


    • Thank you! I welcome guest blog from you any day.



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