On Friday, 20 May 2020, several HNSA organizations around the country sounded their ship whistles as an honor to all healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines battling COVID-19. The initiative began as an idea of Kevin Osgood and his team at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The whistle coincided with National Maritime Day.
HNSA members, as well as some ships from the Council of Maritime Museum (CAMM), delivered a “Master’s Salute” consisting of three long blasts (:05 each) followed by two short blasts (:02 each) from their whistles. This was a great opportunity to honor those fighting hard against the present pandemic.
Read the story from the Door County Maritime Museum.
Maritime Salute: Door County Maritime Museum
It's #NationalMaritimeDay, honoring the #MerchantMarine. Observed on anniversary of 1st transoceanic voyage by steamship. USS KIDD joins others to salute health care workers & 1st responders battling COVID-19. #MaritimeHonors #HNSA #maritime #ExploreBatonRouge #museum #education pic.twitter.com/1qbppL2maE
— USS Kidd (@USSKIDD_DD661) May 22, 2020
On #NationalMaritimeDay ships in our Marinette and Sturgeon Bay shipyards offered salutes to healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers. #MaritimeHonors pic.twitter.com/GmGV4I9YC1
— Fincantieri Marine Group (@FincantieriUS) May 22, 2020
This morning at 10:00 am, crew of SBMM's 103-year-old flagship Ranger sounded her horn to honor all health care workers and first responders working on the front lines against COVID-19. #MaritimeHonors, #sbmaritimemuseum pic.twitter.com/ARtlNAA8dP
— Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (@SBMaritime) May 23, 2020
Did you hear our whistle today in support of #MaritimeHonors? pic.twitter.com/ggtTDJm9JA
— USS New Jersey (@BattleshipNJ) May 22, 2020
Across the country, bells and horns sounded at the same time (1pm EST) as a maritime salute to all the men and women in the medical industry working tirelessly to protect us and keep us safe. #NationalMaritimeDay #MaritimeHonors pic.twitter.com/Jly7iiQSUl
— The Mariners' Museum (@MarinersMuseum) May 22, 2020