"In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship SAVANNAHA’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion, May 24-–June 20, 1819. During World War II more than 250,000 members of the American Merchant Marine served their country, with more than 6,700 giving their lives, hundreds being detained as prisoners of war and more than 800 U.S. merchant ships being sunk or damaged.
Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country’s most important industries. Each year, ceremonies and celebrations throughout the country recognize Maritime Day and the people our maritime nation depends on."
Source: The US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration.
On 13 May 2022, The Seattle Propeller Club and the Port of Seattle had a Maritime Day breakfast at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront sponsored by Crowley.