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National Maritime Day

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.

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.

SS Savannah, drawing by Samuel Ward Stanton
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