Color Guard for Maritime Day at the Lewes Ferry Terminal

Maritime Day

A Virtual Celebration of America's Proud Maritime History


In lieu of our normal Maritime Day celebration at the Lewes Terminal, 2021 will see the event take a virtual turn. Instead of coming to the terminal for our normal in-person event, we invite you to learn more about the participating members of the maritime community below, and encourage you to visit their websites and - where and when applicable - their establishments.

What is Maritime Day?

Maritime Day is a holiday that recognizes and celebrates the Maritime industry. Maritime Day is observed on May 22 to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion.

What's It Like To Work in the Maritime Industry?

While there are a vast number of options for careers in the Maritime industry, here are a couple of examples of what it's like working in the Maritime industry here at the Ferry. If these look like interesting career paths to you, make sure to visit our jobs page to see what's available and apply!

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What It Takes to Become a Ferry Captain

What It Takes to Be a 1st Assistant Engineer


Maritime Safety: Behind the Scenes of an MES Deployment

A major part of the job in the maritime industry is keeping people safe while underway. In the video below, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how our crew stays up to speed on the deployment of our Marine Evacutation System. 



The American Professional Mariners Association

Participating in each of our Maritime Day celebrations since inception, the American Professional Mariners Association is a Delaware nonprofit founded to support the U.S. Merchant Mariners honored on Maritime Day. The organization networks mariners and their families to web-based services and job opportunities. There are over 200,000 USCG credentialed mariners in the U.S, and the APMA is proud to serve them.

Contact: Email Jack Hearn at [email protected] 

Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation

The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, located on the outer Delaware Breakwater at the mouth of the Delaware bay, just off Cape Henlopen.
The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation will be conducting sunset cruises and lighthouse tours this summer. Interested parties can get more info on these activities by visiting their website or Facebook page.


Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum houses artifacts of Bowers, the Delaware Bay, and the watermen of the area. It is open weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2 PM - 4 PM.

Location: 3357 Main Street, Bowers Beach, DE 19946
Facebook: Connect with Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

The Lewes Historical Society

The Lewes Historical Society promotes and advocates the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Lewes region, through museum exhibitions, educational programs, historical research, and publications. On Maritime Day and throughout the rest of 2021, you can save $5 with Buy-One-Get-One-Free admission when you visit the Lewes Maritime Museum and Cannonball House

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Location: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958 
Facebook: Connect with Lewes Historical Society

Indian River Life-Saving Station

Be swept back to a time when night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States. The original Indian River Life-Saving Station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States and the precursor to today's U. S. Coast Guard. The building was first located 400 feet closer to the shore, but a sand dune began to form around it almost as soon as it was finished. It was moved to its present location in 1877, and today has been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance, complete with diamond-shaped trim. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation

The USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation exists to serve, assist, and perpetuate the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, its Regiment of Midshipmen, faculty, staff, and alumni. It supports the USMMA's mission of educating and graduating Merchant Marine Officers who will become leaders in the commercial and defense transportation services of the United States. The USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation also fosters and encourages the development of the Academy to meet the future transportation needs of the United States, and enhances the prestige thereof by acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of information pertaining to their history, activities, methods, and objectives.


Cape Water Taxi

Leave Your Worries at the Dock.
Whether this is your first or 500th visit to the Delaware beaches, you will never have a better view of the uniqueness of the southern Delaware waterways than the view you get when you are on one of the cruises or water tours offered by Captain David Green & his family and the crew of Cape Water Tours and Taxi.

Videos: Check out their Ultimate Eco Tour and their Delaware Bay Evening Cruise

Fort Miles Historical Association

The Fort Miles Museum, located underground in Battery 519, features exhibits relating to coastal defense operations as well as portraying daily life for the over 2,000 soldiers and civilians stationed at Fort Miles during World War II.
Since 2003, Fort Miles Historical Association and Delaware State Parks have worked in partnership to operate and expand the Museum and surrounding Historical Area.

Credit: Delaware State Parks/Fort Miles

Location: 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958

Delaware Bay and River Co-Op 

The Delaware Bay and River Cooperative, “DBRC” for short, is a not-for-profit corporation organized to respond to and offer protection from oil spills in the Delaware Bay and River area, from the mouth of the Delaware Bay to the Betsy Ross Bridge in Philadelphia, PA.
The DRBC Oil Spill Recovery vessel will be on site at the Lewes terminal for tours on Maritime Day, Saturday, May 15. 

Credit: DRBC


Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware

Founded in 1896, The Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware is one of the oldest state pilot organizations in the nation and a recognized world leader in the technology, training, and accountability of piloting. A Pilots' Association launch vessel with be tied at the Finger Pier in Lewes during the ceremony. 

Credit: The Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware


The Lightship Overfalls Foundation

The Lightship Overfalls (a lightship is essentially a floating lighthouse) is one of only 17 remaining lightships out of a total of 179 built from 1820 to 1952.  Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, it is one of seven lightships in this country still open to the public.

Location: 219 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02, Lewes

The Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the US Coast Guard. US Coast Guard Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety. 

Website: USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02, Lewes 

United States Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are committed to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. With 95 percent of the world's products transported over water, these leaders are vital to the effective operation of our merchant fleet for both commercial and military transport in peace and war.



Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife

The Division of Fish and Wildlife conserves and manages Delaware’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, and provides fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and boating access on nearly 65,000 acres of public land.

Website: Division of Fish & Wildlife