The Merchant Navy Memorial, Weymouth The Merchant Navy Memorial, Swansea The Merchant Navy Memorial, Portishead The Merchant Navy Memorials, Plymouth
The memorial, carved from Portland stone, was unveiled during a special service on Wednesday 9 th November 2016 organised by the Weymouth, Portland and District branch of the Merchant Navy Association (MNA). Before the memorial was hoisted into position on the Esplanade, a silver coin that had been minted from the bullion cargo of a sunken World War Two merchant ship was placed under its plinth. Paul Compton of the MNA said: "It has been a long voyage. Who would have thought that in just under 18 months we would have raised more than £20,000. It is a credit to all of us - the whole town. Everything you see on this memorial was made in Dorset and it is beautiful. Thank you to everyone who helped and to those who came today." The Lord Lieutenant for Dorset, Angus Campbell, said: “If ever a town, borough or port deserved to have a memorial like this,it has got to be Weymouth and Portland. The fact that we lost more than 51 ships in the Battle for the Atlantic and over 30,000 sea men lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars is something perhaps we haven’t given a lot of attention to in the past.”
This Memorial is dedicated to the merchant seamen and fishermen who lost their lives in World War 2. The Swansea Merchant Navy Association took eight years to raise the money for the granite and marble memorial. The memorial was designed by local sculptor Philip Chatfield.
The Seafarers' Memorial at Battery Point, Portishead, was erected by the North Somerset Branch of the Merchant Navy Association in 2005
The Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill, London
The Tower Hill Memorial is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission war memorial on the south side of Trinity Square Gardens, in London, England. The memorial commemorates those from the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who died during both world wars and have "no grave but the sea". The memorial was designed by Edwin Lutyens with sculpture work by William Reid Dick, the Second World War extension was designed by Edward Maufe with sculpture work by Charles Wheeler. The First World War memorial takes the form of a vaulted corridor, 21.5 metres long, 7 metres wide and 7 to 10 metres high. Inside are 12 bronze plaques engraved with 12,000 names. Those commemorated include Victoria Cross recipient, Archibald Bisset Smith. The Second World War memorial takes the form of a semi-circular sunken garden located behind the corridor, to its north. It contains the names of 24,000 British seamen and 50 Australian seamen, listed on the walls of the sunken garden. In the centre of the garden is a pool of bronze, engraved with a compass pointing north. Between the two memorials are two columns with statues representing an officer (western column) and a seaman (eastern). Not all Merchant Seamen who died during wartime, and have no known grave, are commemorated here - they may be commemorated elsewhere, for example, the Liverpool Naval Memorial. The memorial was unveiled by Queen Mary on 12 December 1928 and the Second World War extension by Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1955
The Merchant Navy Memorial, South Tyneside
A one and a half life size depiction of a sailor at the wheel, on a sloping base to give the impression of being at sea on an uneven keel. Overlooking the Tyne, he gazes keenly ahead to the dangers that may come. The pedestal is yellow stone with a simple square-cut cornice. The idea for a memorial to the region's merchant seamen lost in war was first mooted in 1988 by the retired President of the National Union of Seamen, Jim Slater. Its cost of £56,000 was raised by public subscription, whilst the plinth was paid for by Tyne and Wear Development Corporation as a contribution to its regeneration of the surrounding area. As stated in the inscription, it was unveiled by the Duchess of Mountbatten, whose husband had a long association with seafaring. Incised on plaque on front of pedestal: MERCHANT NAVY MEMORIAL This statue was unveiled by Countess Mountbatten of Burma on 19th September, 1990 in memory of the thousands of merchant seamen who sailed from this port and lost their lives in World War II. Unrecognised, you put us in your debt; Unthanked, you enter or escape the grave; Whether your land remember or forget, You saved the land, or died to try to save. JOHN MASEFIELD Poet Laureate. The sculptor was Robert Olley and it was cast at Burleighfield foundry
Southampton/Falkland Islands Medals: Memorials:
The New Memorial Unveiled on Merchant Navy Day, 3rd September 2019
The Original Memorial 1955
Seafarer’s Memorial, Wick
Wick's memorial to lost seafarers is "something special for the town" and one of the top monuments in the north of Scotland. Rising to a height of five metres above the Braehead, overlooking the harbour and bay, the solitary bronze figure symbolises how the sea "gives with one hand and takes away with the other". The design for the statue, by Alan Beattie Herriot, was commissioned by the Seafarers Memorial Group, a committee of volunteers.. The group raised more than £100,000 for a monument to all seafarers lost at sea from or in the WK registration area, which stretches from Talmine in the west across to Stroma and down as far as Golspie. Their chairman, Willie Watt, said there had been "a magic response" and "amazing support" for the project. "It allows families with tragic tales to tell to actually have somewhere to go to reflect. was selected to create the sculpture. Mike Coupland, Secretary of Caithness Branch writes: This is not just a war or a Merchant Navy memorial, but a memorial to everyone ever lost at sea in the Wick fishing registration area or from that area. There are hundreds of names that we know of so it is meant for all of them.