National Maritime Day

Category: History
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About National Maritime Day

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Dates of National Maritime Day
2023 USAMay 22
USA Mon, May 22Observances Holiday
2022 USAMay 22
USA Sun, May 22Observances Holiday
2021 USAMay 22
USA Sat, May 22Observances Holiday
2020 USAMay 22
USA Fri, May 22Observances Holiday
2019 USAMay 22
USA Wed, May 22Observances Holiday
Summary
Maritime Day honors the SS Savannah which made the first trans-Atlantic crossing under steam power in 1819.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Public Law 105-225 designating May 22 as National Maritime Day in 1933, in §128.

On this date in 1819, the steamship SS Savannah set sail on the first trans-Atlantic voyage entirely conducted under steam power. The day is marked in law to recognise that event, and fallen mariners in the United States Merchant Marine. The date is a full-staff day.

NS Savannah (the world’s only nuclear-powered merchant ship, named after the famous steamship) is currently docked in Baltimore, MD., is where events marking the day usually take place.

All government agencies are directed to fly the flag on National Maritime Day. All ships and boats registered under the American flag should dress ship. All citizens are encouraged to fly the flag on National Maritime Day.

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