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National Maritime Day

May 22 is National Maritime Day! According to the Maritime Administration, "In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. 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."

I didn't find much online about the Savannah's voyage, but there is plenty of educational activities online about steamships!

STEAMing into the Future interactive site:


Visit a Virtual Maritime Museum:

Explore the Maine Maritime Museum online as well:

Steamboat Facts for Kids:

Just for fun - Origami Steamboats!

Here is some PBS information for who is credited with being the inventor of the steamboat:

Robert Fulton Facts:


Coloring Page of a Fulton Steamboat:

Have any of your own steamboat or maritime activities? Be sure to use the hashtag #LearningFunWithLaura when you join in on some National Maritime Day!

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