What do we observe today?

May 22, 2012

May 22 is National Maritime Day

National Maritime Day is annually observed in the United States on May 22. 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.

May 22 is the anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing under steam power by the Savannah in 1819.  National Maritime Day was created as a day of observance by Congress in 1933.  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.

Merchant Marine Liberty Ship


  1. Thanks for the heads up My dad was in the Coast Guards.

    • An honorable service, indeed!

  2. I’m an avid Merchant Marine enthusiast but I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard about this day.

    • Glad I could help. Thanks for your insights into history on your site.

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