WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine has again displayed, during the past year, its ability to support the military forces of the United States of America by furnishing supplies to her fighting men; and

WHEREAS, the Port of Wilmington contributes greatly to the arsenal of democracy through transportation of vital materials from this growing industrial center; and

WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine has continued to promote international trade and travel while serving the defense and security of the nation; and

WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States has taken note of the historic fact that on May 22, 1819 the "Savannah" became the first steamship to successfully make a trans-Atlantic voyage under steam propulsion and has urged the President to proclaim May 22, 1952, as National Maritime Day:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that the citizens of our state take cognizance of this anniversary and pay tribute to the brave men of our Merchant Marine by observing May 22, 1952 as


and I call upon our schools, marine organizations, patriotic groups and all others to especially mark this day, and urge that the flag of our country and that of the State of Delaware be prominently displayed in commemoration of this historic event.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, 1, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Thirteenth day of May, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.