Thememorial,carvedfromPortlandstone,wasunveiledduringaspecialserviceonWednesday9thNovember2016organised bytheWeymouth,PortlandandDistrictbranchoftheMerchantNavy Association(MNA).Beforethememorialwashoistedinto positionontheEsplanade,asilvercointhathadbeenmintedfromthebullioncargoofasunkenWorldWarTwomerchantship was placed under its plinth.PaulComptonoftheMNAsaid:"Ithasbeenalongvoyage.Whowouldhavethoughtthatinjustunder18monthswewould haveraisedmorethan£20,000.Itisacredittoallofus-thewholetown.Everythingyouseeonthismemorialwasmadein Dorset and it is beautiful. Thank you to everyone who helped and to those who came today."TheLordLieutenantforDorset,AngusCampbell,said:“Ifeveratown,boroughorportdeservedtohaveamemoriallikethis,it hasgottobeWeymouthandPortland.Thefactthatwelostmorethan51shipsintheBattleforthe Atlanticandover30,000sea 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 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
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