WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States of America, on May 20, 1933, designated May 22 as National Maritime Day and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling on the people of the United States of America to observe that day ; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that we so recognize and honor the American men and women, afloat and shore, who have contributed to the nation's position as a leading maritime power; and

WHEREAS, this date also commemorates the sailing of the American steamship "Savannah" from Savannah, Georgia, in 1819 on the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean under steam propulsion ; and

WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine has long established itself as a vital factor in our national defense and economy and is becoming increasingly important to our specific Delaware area ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, by virtue of authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaims Sunday, May 22, 1955, as


in Delaware and urge that the people of Delaware recognize the traditions and development of our great Merchant Marine by display of the Flags of our state and nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State

(Great Seal) to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Twelfth day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State