The Merchant Navy Memorials in Liverpool are situated on the waterfront facing the Mersey and the Birkenhead side of the river bank. The city played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic as Western Approaches Command was based in the city, and many of the men and ships that sailed in the convoys came from this port.
A few metres further is a raised block with a number of relevant dedications. The two memorials are between Google Earth co-ordinates: 53.403829° -2.996822°
Of particular relevance was this plaque that does not really make up for the lack of recognition of men and women from so many other countries that lost their lives in the Merchant Navy during both wars.
There was also an Arandora Star Plaque which served as a reminder that all ships were in danger of being sunk, whether combatant or non-combatant.
Norwegians, Poles and Belgians are also commemorated on this block.
Unfortunately these plaques are mounted on what appears to be some sort of housing for some unidentified machinery/access chamber and really do not connect too well with the Merchant Navy Memorial close by. I would have thought that a unified MN memorial would have meant much more instead of having these two distinct groupings that appear as an afterthought.
The Maritime Museum also had a very good Merchant Navy exhibition on while I was visiting.
A few steps away is the Liverpool Naval War Memorial which I will cover separately.
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This memorial was one of the surprise finds I made in London in 2008, and I did not have a lot of time to photograph it all. Sighted within walking distance of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, it’s a place of awe for all the lives that are listed on its walls. This also makes it one of the more difficult memorials to photograph.
The original Tower Hill Memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was begun in 1927 and unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Mary on 12 December 1928 and is built of Portland stone. The 1914-18 monument consists of a vaulted corridor 21.5 metres long, 7 metres wide and 7 to 10 metres high, open at either end. It has three wide openings at front and back in which are placed pairs of columns and is surmounted by a solid pediment bearing the dedicatory inscription. The names of the dead are arranged alphabetically under their ships and inscribed on bronze panels covering the eight main masonry piers which support the roof.
When the question arose of commemorating the men of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives during the 1939-45 War and have no known grave, it was agreed a new Memorial should be combined with the existing Tower Hill Memorial to form a complete whole. The architect, Sir Edward Maufe, achieved this by designing a semi-circular sunken garden adjoining the 1914-18 memorial.
The memorial is difficult to describe as the amount of names on it are staggering. Trying to find a way to adequately encompass everything about it is almost impossible, and as such I can only really add in odd photographs to help convey what I saw.
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