May 22: US: National Maritime Day
In 1933, Congress designated May 22 as National Maritime Day. On this day in 1819, the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion began when the steamship S.S. Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. It arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 20. National Maritime Day is an occasion to honor the past and present contributions of the U.S. merchant marine during both peace and war.