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National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created in 1933 to recognize the maritime industry.  It is observed formally on May 22 every year, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia in 1819 on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.  At the Academy, the date may change slightly from year to year (sometimes those all important Coast Guard Examinations fall in that same week!). 

At Massachusetts Maritime Academy, we observe National Maritime Day by conducting the regimental Change of Command Ceremony, by remembering those in our community who have "passed over the bar" during thing previous twelve months, and by recognizing our lead donors with a dinner and medal ceremony in their honor.

Each year an alumnus of the Academy is honored on this day as well and is invited to speak to all of the cadets and the families and friends of those assuming command of the Regiment in the coming year.  This year's honoree is Brendan P. O'Connor '93, Vice President of Marketing & Marine Traffic for The Interlake Steamship Co.

Past recipients include:
Captain Orlando Allard '79

Mr. Frank Brand, Jr. '88
Admiral David Brewer
Captain Thomas Bushy, '74
Captain John Gibbons '44
Mr. Timothy Long '85
Mr. Cameron Mackey '94
Mr. Karl Meyer '58, H'93
Captain Richard Phillips '79
Captain Paul Simpson '60
Mr. John Taylor '80
Lieutentant Joel Voss '02
Major Ryan Lynch '01

This year MMA will celebrate National Maritime Day on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The Change of Command Ceremony will take place on the football field commencing at 4:00 p.m. promptly!  Family, friends and the public are welcome to attend.  If you have questions about the Change of Command Ceremony, please contact the Commandant of Cadets Office at 508-830-5049.  For questions about the Leadership Dinner (which is by invitation only), please contact the Advancement Office at 508-830-5099.


101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA  02532-3405
Office of Advancement
Phone: 508-830-5099
Email: advancement@maritime.edu
Office of Admissions
Phone: 800-544-3411
Email: admissions@maritime.edu

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