Maritime Day Celebration at the Lewes Ferry Terminal
Remembrance Ceremony and Public Tours Part of May 19 Free Event
(Lewes, DE) Experience and celebrate maritime history and its impact on the region at Delaware’s inaugural National Maritime Day celebration at the Lewes Ferry Terminal on Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lewes, Delaware – known as the First Town in the First State – enjoys a heritage that is rich in maritime history and current maritime interests. The celebration, complete with events, displays, ferry tours and activities, is free and the public is welcome.
A remembrance ceremony to honor sailors who perished on the Lewes beaches will take place at 1:00 p.m. As part of this ceremony, representatives of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Delaware Shore Chapter and the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association will lay wreaths at the Unknown Sailors’ Cemetery at the Lewes Terminal.
“We planned a great day of activities and tours to celebrate merchant marine professionals and to promote the community’s rich maritime history,” said committee member Bill Lowe, Chairman of the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “The American Merchant Marine has done so much for our country and the event’s a great opportunity to celebrate their service.”
Various maritime participants will have booths inside the terminal, glass skywalk, and (weather-dependent) on the boardwalk behind the terminal. A CMLF vessel will be open for public tours of the engine room and bridge. Other vessels may be available for tours at the adjacent finger pier.
“On the Rocks,” the Cape May –Lewes Ferry’s outdoor bar and grill, will be open to serve food and beverages. Some of the day’s exhibitors include the Delaware Bay and River Pilot Association, the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, United States Naval Academy, SUNY Maritime College, United States Coast Guard Academy and Auxiliary, Randive commercial divers, photographer Kevin Fleming, Abraxus Studio of Art, Lewes Historical Society, Zwaanendael Museum, Overfalls Lightship display, Fort Miles and the Lewes Fire Department
In 1933, the United States Congress declared May 22 as National Maritime Day. The designation honors the contributions of the American merchant marine – civilians who have defended the freedom of the United States since 1775 and who executed the largest sealift the world has ever known during World War II. Observance of National Maritime Day also honors the maritime industry and the benefits it brings Americans in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, and recreational opportunities. The Zwaanendael museum, Lewes Historical Society buildings and the Overfalls Lightship hold numerous historical items of the area’s maritime heritage.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2011, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.
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Photo of Ferry with Lighthouse