STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the first transatlantic voyage by a steamship was made by an American vessel, the "Savannah", on May 22, 1819, from its namesake port in Georgia to Liverpool, England; and
WHEREAS, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved four decades ago, designated May 22 of each year as National Maritime Day and requested the President to issue a proclamation annually calling for its observance; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware participates in international trade through the Maritime industry of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the American Merchant Marine, which is being reconstructed and revitalized under the Merchant Marine Act of 1970, substantially contributes in large measure to the success of Delaware's international trade;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim May 22, 1973, to be
DELAWARE MARITIME DAY
within the State of Delaware and urge all Delaware ships sailing under the American Flag to observe Maritime Day through "dress ship" procedures on that day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, 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 18th day of May
GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-seventh.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State