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Come celebrate National Maritime Day with the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni – Friday, 20 May, 2016!

Gathering at the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in Battery Park at 11:30a.m., there will be a memorial service will be held at monument, followed by a luncheon at historic Pier A.

National Maritime Day Memorial Service & Luncheon – click here to download flyer and ticketing information for the lunch.

Pier A. Photo by Joe Mabel (CC 2.0)

 

On May 20, 1933, the United States Congress declared May 22nd. National Maritime Day in recognition of the service and contributions of merchant mariners and the maritime industry. It is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our nation’s most important industries.

American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial. Photo by John Wisniewski (CC 2.0)

 

From the United States Maritime Administration:

The Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Adonia. Photo by Ivan T (CC 3.0)

 

Cuba cruises have begun! The Carnival Cruise ship Adonia arrived in Havana Monday, her 600 or so passengers waving Cuban and American flags and chanting, “Cuba! Cuba! Cuba!”

Havana, Cuba. Photo by Gabriel Rodríguez (CC 2.0)

 

The historic, week-long cruise will circumnavigate Cuba, making stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, before returning to Miami next Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 8th.

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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