National Maritime Day

In 1933 Congress decreed May 22 as National Maritime Day. Since then, May 22 has been the official date set aside each year to honor the men and women who serve, and have served, as merchant mariners. On that date we make a special effort to thank them for their dedication in promoting commerce and protecting our freedoms. As well we highlight the importance of our industry and our maritime heritage. And every year on or right around that date The Propeller Club of Washington, D.C. hosts, a National Maritime Day event. Past events:

  • 2017  —  Speaker Edward Morgan, President, United Seamen’s Service
  • 2015  —  Cocktail reception (Members only event)
  • 2014  —  Speaker Paul N. Jaenichen, Acting Maritime Administrator
  • 2013  —  Vice Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek, USN, Director, Defense Logistic Agency, U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • 2012  —  General William M. Fraser, III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
  • 2011  —  General Duncan J. McNabb, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)
  • 2010  —  The Honorable David Matsuda, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 2009  —  The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 2008  —  The Honorable Sean Connaughton, Administrator, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 2007  —  Lieutenant General Kenneth Wykle, U.S. Army (Ret.), President, National Defense Transportation Association
  • 2006  —  The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
  • 2005  —  The Honorable Steve Blust, Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission
  • 2004  —  The Honorable Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary of Trans. for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 2003  —  Michael Sacco, President of Seafarers International Union

National Maritime Day Proclamations