Tag: Merchant Navy

Liverpool Naval Memorial

Liverpool Naval Memorial may be found on the Mersey River Bank between the Ferry Terminal  and the Museum of Liverpool. (GPS co-ordinates: 53.40349, -2.99659). There are 1408 identified casualties from the Second World War  on the memorial. 

The memorial was designed by C. Blythin and S.H. Smith and was unveiled by the Admiral of the Fleet, The Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, K.T., G.C.B., O.M., D.S.O., on the 12th November 1952.

More than 13000 officers and men from the Merchant Navy served with the Royal Navy and they were  subject to Naval discipline while generally retaining their Merchant Navy rates of pay and other conditions. Liverpool was manning port for many of the various types of auxiliary vessels, including armed merchant cruisers and boarding vessels, cable ships, rescue tugs, and others on special service. 

Representative panel

Representative panel

Two of the more well known ships on the memorial are HMS Rawalpindi and HMS Jervis Bay which were both sunk protecting their convoys from German surface raiders.

The memorial is a difficult one to photograph as it is a very popular spot with people, and I was never really able to get decent photographs of it from land side, and the closest I got from the ferry was:

It is also very close to the statue of Captain Frederic John Walker RN.

Appropriately the Merchant Navy Memorial is also in this area.

This was not one of my better memorial explorations, but if ever I return I will rectify the situation.

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Updated: 17/07/2018 — 06:10

Merchant Navy Memorials, Liverpool

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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Updated: 17/07/2018 — 06:11

Tower Hill Merchant Navy Memorial

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.

toThe 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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Seafarers Memorial

Technically this is the International Memorial to the World’s Seafarers, past, present and future. And when I first saw this I had to do a double take, because visually it is magnificent, it is almost as if a ship was coming out of the builidng.

Unveiled in September 2001, and sculpted in bronze by Michael Sandle, it is situated outside the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) building, 4 Albert Embankment, London.  The Google Earth Co-ordinates are   51.493458°,  -0.121207°

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