Prepare to set sail, because June 25 is Seafarers’ Day. This is the day for seafarers of all levels, from the Coast Guard, the Navy, to all anglers, marine biologists, and cruise ship captains.
If your job involves a lot of salt water, then this day is dedicated to you. The first documented sea voyage was made around 3200 BC. C. and was financed by the Egyptian Pharaoh Snefru (he also built at least three pyramids during his reign). Today, more than 90% of world trade is carried out by sea, as it is still the most profitable way of transporting goods. Marine biologists and oceanographers from all countries have dedicated their lives to learning more about the depths of the ocean, and humans from all walks of life continue to go to sea to explore the planet.
International Day of the Seafarer (June 25) Activities
Visit your local coast guard post
If you live near a Coast Guard outpost, you might consider visiting. This is a great opportunity not only to learn more about what the Coast Guard does, but also to thank you for doing your job so well. (Baked goods seldom go wrong in that situation.) If you don’t live near a Coast Guard outpost, you can always make a monetary donation online.
Read a book or watch a movie about life at sea
While Titanic is a classic, it may be time to branch out into lesser-known stories. From high-stakes adventures like The Finest Hours or Treasure Island, to disastrous disaster stories like The Perfect Storm or The Poseidon Adventure, maritime stories are always full of drama. Well, isn’t it time for you to see Jaws again?
Donate to a maritime charity
The Coast Guard is not the only organization that accepts donations. Oceana is an international group dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans and the species that live there, while the Family Support Project provides emotional and practical support to families of seafarers. There are also dozens of other causes, which one would you like to support?
Why We Love International Day of the Seafarer (June 25)
Maritime trade is vital for the economy.
As we mentioned earlier, the vast majority of international trade is done by sea, due to relatively low costs and the greater economy of space. If sea trade were to be limited in any way, or stopped entirely, there is no way that the global economy can function. In other words, we owe our current ways of life to those who travel the seas.
Scientific research is vital to human life.
Maritime trade not only constitutes the largest part of the world economy, but the oceans occupy approximately 70% of the planet. More than 1 million species of plants and animals live in the ocean, and scientists estimate that there may be as many as 9 million species there that have yet to be discovered. Everything we know about the ocean today we know thanks to the tireless work of thousands of oceanographers and marine biologists who dedicate their lives to the study of these aquatic depths.
Seafarers keep us safe
When it comes to saving the lives of people at sea, we have two lines of defense. We have marinas that keep us safe in times of war, and we have coastguards to keep us safe from natural disasters, criminal activities, and environmental degradation. The ocean, as important as it is, represents a significant threat to American life, and without those organizations, humans could be in greater danger.