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National Maritime Day & Blessing of the Fleet
Captain at the Helm Statue
Navy Pier
Wednesday May 22 at 11 am

Schedule - 11 am - 12 pm



  • National Maritime Day Ceremony begins with US Navy Band and Color Guard presenting colors and playing our national anthem.

  • Invocation by Fr Mike Enright

  • Presidential Proclamation read by Robert Sullivan, US Maritime Administration

  • Addresses by CDR Tim Tilghman, USCG -MSU Chicago & Capt. Gabe Argumedo, President Chicago Shipmasters

  • Blessing of Wreath in honor of fallen seafarers


  • All our led to Shoreline Sightseeing's M/V Cap Streeter for wreath laying ceremony.


  • M/V Cap Streeter escorted into fairway

  • Wreath is placed in water followed by Taps being played to honor all sailors and mariners lost at sea. 

  • An order will be given via VHF for a simultaneous single long sounding of whistles and horns


  • At conclusion of sounding, all vessels queued up on south side of Dime Pier will proceed west to round the pier and then proceed past stern of M/V Capt Streeter for blessing for a safe season on the water while CFD vessel Wheatley shoots water canon in background.


  • M/V Cap Streeter returns to Navy Pier


After the event, please join together at the Navy Pier Billy Goat from 1-5 pm. This will include food and all you can drink (beer, wine, soda). This will cost $40. Please reach out if you want to join in.

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