STATE OF DELAWARE
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, the restoration of commerce between nations, which was interrupted by the war, is of the highest economic importance to our state, country and the world at large; and
WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine is making a great contribution to peace through the transportation of needed goods to the democracies overseas, thus serving the program of peace and understanding throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the United States to develop and maintain a Merchant Marine adequate for the requirements of our trade and our national defense; and
WHEREAS, the sailing of the Savannah on May 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, on the first transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion constituted a significant milestone in the advancement of ocean transportation; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has been closely associated with many varied maritime activities and has had a proud history of maritime accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, the President of the United States has proclaimed and designated May 22, 1949, as "NATIONAL MARITIME DAY."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 22nd, 1949, as "National Maritime Day" and urge that the people of Delaware observe that day by displaying the flag of the United States at their homes and other suitable places in honor and recognition of those who have carried on and are continuing to participate. in the tradition and development of our great Merchant Marine.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Delaware to be affixed this eleventh day of May, in
the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of STATE