We have now reached our fundraising targets.
The Monument has now been erected on Plymouth Hoe and just requires some finishing work to complete it.
The official unveiling will take place early afternoon on Tuesday 3rd September 2019,
Merchant Navy Day.
Our heartfelt thanks to all the individuals and organisations that have helped us bring this project to a successful conclusion.
If you are in or near Plymouth, do come and visit the Monument
and pay your respects to the men and women who are serving or who have served in the Merchant Navy.
The front of the Memorial faces south, looking out over Plymouth Sound, across the breakwater, to the Eddystone Lighthouse.
It was agreed that a statue on a plinth would be appropriate in order to “balance” the line of memorials and monuments that are already in place along the Hoe, south of the Royal Naval War Memorial.
The monument on the eastern end of this line is the RAF and Allied AirForce Monument, erected in 1989.
The actual statue design is based on a sculpture by William (Bill) Thomas Favata (who was a seamanship lecturer at Plymouth School of Maritime Studies) is presently in the care of Plymouth University...
Whilst this is only small, the sculptor’s widow, Frances May Favata, herself a sculptor, has indicated her willingness for a large size statue to be commissioned based on its design, with both herself and the University waiving any claim to copyright.
Some design changes have been discussed to “generalise” the seafarer.
The sculptor Stephen Melton, from Ramsgate, was commisioned for the work
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