On the first Sunday of July, the workers of sea and river fleet celebrated their professional holiday. In 2012 Day of workers of sea and river fleet falls on 1 July.

Profession sailor has always been shrouded in a halo of romance: endless sea spaces, salty air of freedom, travel to exotic countries. Many people have been pestering the sea since childhood: probably, in each yard there is a boy who dreams of becoming a brave captain of long voyages.

Before the ships were almost the only form of transport that allowed travel to distant lands, separated by a water obstacle (no wonder these countries are called overseas). The UK was one of the most influential States due to its fleet which has enabled her to acquire a large number of colonies on other continents and gain status Queen of the seas .

Now on another continent can be reached by plane, but still sea and river transport remains one of the most important sectors of the economy. allowing to deliver goods to any corners of the country and to carry out international trade turnover, and its role as passenger transport is still significant. And great merit in this belongs to many generations of workers in the fleet, who devoted their entire lives to work in this industry.

The history of the Russian Navy  begins at the end of the XVII century, when the shipyards of the Voronezh Admiralty built the first ships for the blockade of the Turkish fortress of Azov. Thus, the first in the history of Russia regular naval fleet was laid. The Navy Day is celebrated since 1939, but the Day of Maritime and River Fleet Workers was established much later, in 1980, by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR "On Festive and Memorable Days".

If among your friends there are seamen or sailors of any Navy (merchant, passenger, icebreaker), repairers or dockers — in short, people of all professions, whose activity is somehow connected with the sea or the river fleet — don't forget to congratulate them on their professional holiday. Their work is not only very romantic, but also very difficult, and on such a day one can not leave them without sincere congratulations.

Congratulations on the Day of Maritime and River Fleet Workers

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You water furrow
You are the pride and power of the country!
Let it happen, what you want,
  Salutes will be given in your honor!

Let you always blowing in the wind,
And the sea will meet a light wave,
Let happy with the progress you kids
  They avoid failure by the side!

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For you, water is its own element,
And deck — your own trail.
You see, from God you are,
And it is, therefore, destiny.

Let neither rain, nor storm, nor wind
Paths-roads do not sweep
And the sun of happiness shines
  And brings joy to work.

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You surf hunting
The sea, rivers of all countries.
Workers Day Navy
  You, sailor, captain!

The ocean let the frantic,
Or calm, gentle breeze,
You are carrying tourists
  Coal, fruit and rice.

River rigging
Or in a long journey
You even more fun
  On the ground can not find!

No salted miles
Account, flights, ports.
And seven feet under the keel
  Again we wish you!

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When you read in childhood Kipling and Verne,
I was buddies with their heroes, I guess.
Manila you romance of the seas,
  Dreamed of becoming more mature soon,

To sail the ocean,
From cabin boy to grow up to captain
To the sea forever the fate of the tie,
Fleet glory multiply.

Boasts a fleet of brave guys
The military and the civilian courts
Though the different from them,
  You are sailors on those and on others.

At the call of the heart they became sailors,
The fate connected with rivers, seas.
Your work for us, and important and large —
  Heroes of the real, not from the books.