June 25 – Day of the Seafarer

Posted on June 25, 2017

From humanity's earliest civilizations, we have always depended ships and boats on the ocean as a way of moving of people, food, raw materials, manufactured goods, news, and ideas. We're talking exploration, trade, transportation, fishing, and military uses...

So "seafarers" were incredibly important and varied.

These days, the communication of ideas and news is accomplished quickly and inexpensively via satellite, fiber optics, and other modern methods. Most people travel long distances across mighty oceans by flying rather than on ships. And many goods are also "shipped" in the air rather than on the water.

Still, most international trade is shipped via oceans, with more than 50,000 merchant ships of every kind, from more than 150 nations, with more than 1,000,000 seafarers - from every nation!

Two kinds of modern merchant ships include
container ships, above, and tankers, below.

The Day of the Seafarer was established by a diplomatic conference in order to encourage governments, shipping organizations, companies, and shipowners to show appreciation of the folks involved in the shipping - the seafarers themselves. 

To learn more about this day - and maybe to take part in an interactive quiz - check out this International Maritime Organization website

Also on this date:

Architect Antoni Gaudi's birthday

(Last Sunday in June)

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