Critical Minute – In America, It’s Always Merri—time Day

On May 22, 1819, the American steamship, Savannah, set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.

Almost 100 years later, congress designated a national holiday to recognize the extraordinary achievements of the maritime industry.

This year and nautical miles away, dozens of seafarers gathered in Duluth, Minnesota to honor America’s maritime legacy.

An honored place in global maritime operations — The Port of Duluth is the #1 volume port on the Great Lakes.

The public relations manager at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says “Duluth’s maritime industry is thriving” and a recent economic impact study from 2011 estimates that nearly 11,000 jobs rely upon Duluth’s maritime operations.

With a booming industry and the allure of adventure, American mariners are the source of positive press worldwide. Keep your eyes on the horizon for Captain Philips, a new film starring Tom Hanks, the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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