Propeller Club Sets Paducah Maritime Day Ceremony

The Propeller Club of Paducah, Ky., has announced its annual celebration in honor of Maritime Day will be May 19. The ceremony will honor two local industry representatives and memorialize those who have lost their lives in service to the industry over the past year.

Chartered on May 6, 1946, the Propeller Club organization supports and promotes the maritime industry and its allied industries across all ports and waterways of the United States. Locally, the Paducah club serves the four-rivers region, and has 140 members representing 73 associated businesses.

This year, the club will be recognizing Mitzi Mason of Paducah Rigging as the Port Person of the Year and Steve Southern of Ingram Barge as Maritime Person of the Year. Paducah’s Mayor Brandi Harless will be on hand to issue her proclamation of Maritime Day in Paducah.

The last part of the ceremony will be the Merchant Mariner Memorial. The club said it will name those who have died over the past year, while in service to the marine industry. A memorial wreath will be placed upon the river by Coast Guard personnel followed by the playing of Taps.

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The Maritime Day proceedings will begin at 9 a.m., with a breakfast social followed by the ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center for Maritime Education in Paducah.