WHEREAS, home to more than 40 commercial ports and nearly 80 recreational ports, Michigan is a national leader in maritime education, recreation, transportation, and industry; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's maritime history dates back to the 1600’s when a vibrant commercial shipping industry began. The numerous maritime museums in our state are dedicated to the preservation, research and education of Michigan's rich maritime heritage; and,
WHEREAS, our nation has celebrated National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship, Savannah, making the first ever transoceanic voyage using steam power on May 22, 1933; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we honor the maritime history of our Great Lakes state, and we encourage all citizens to recognize the many contributions of the maritime industry in Michigan's port communities and throughout our nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2017 as Maritime Day in Michigan.