Sunday, April 13, 2014: Lord Tollemache, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk,
unveiled the three-ton granite memorial, put in place on Orwell Quay after a
year-long £13,000 fundraising campaign by the Ipswich branch of the
Merchant Navy Association (MNA).
It is the first time Ipswich, with its rich merchant navy history stretching
back more than 1,000 years, has had a memorial dedicated to the merchant
seamen who lost their lives at sea in wartime, often taking part in
dangerous missions to bring food and other necessary cargo home to Britain.
During World War II alone, nearly twice as many merchant seafarers lost
their lives at sea as Royal Navy seamen. A gap in our history is filled by
this modest but important monument.
Cover, issue 196