SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A good day for indoor activities was made even better at the Ships of the Sea Museum on Tuesday.
The time and place to celebrate National Maritime Day in Savannah were obvious.
"There's so much to see here and so much Savannah history and so much associated with general maritime history as well," said Jim Dunigan, Ships of the Sea Museum, Historian.
The Ships of the Sea Museum became one of the city's most popular attractions Tuesday, partly because it gave people an opportunity to acknowledge the role the water has played in forming Savannah's culture, and partly because admission - as it always is on Maritime Day at Ships of the Sea - is free.
"It's a big draw, especially being in a major port city ever since our founding in 1733. The amount of visitors we've already had has picked up exponentially and we're hoping many, many more people come out and enjoy the museum on National Maritime Day," Dunigan said.
National Maritime Day was started to honor the historic trans-Atlantic crossing of the Steamship Savannah, on this day 199 years ago, and a model of the Savannah is one of several exhibits that attract people to the museum.
"I'd say the first thing people want to see are the ships of the War of Rebellion of 1865. We have such a unique history in that respect. We do, from time to time, have many prior military who do come in, and ships like the SS Savannah CL42 is definitely of interest," Dunigan said.
This was an appropriate day to exercise that interest at the Ships of the Sea.
"We celebrate here literally every day because this is one of Savannah's crowning achievements."
National Maritime Day was started by President Roosevelt in 1933.