ST1974 : Merchant Seafarer's War Memorial, Cardiff Bay

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Cardiff/Caerdydd, Great Britain

Merchant Seafarer's War Memorial, Cardiff Bay
Merchant Seafarer's War Memorial, Cardiff Bay
This brilliantly formed piece of riveted galvanized steel is the merchant seafarers’ war memorial at Cardiff Bay. The memorial was commissioned in 1997 by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (CBAT) as an art piece to honour those who served in Merchant service, sadly caught up in armed conflict - in particular, those from the Cardiff Bay area. It was created and formed by Brian Fell.

The memorial can be viewed from many aspects. Approach the sculpture from one side or from the rear and you see a hull section of a merchant ship resting on a beach or the ocean floor, torn from the rest of the vessel, the ship’s framing exposed to the sea or the elements (ST1974 : The Merchant Seafarer's Memorial). Walk around to the other side and you see the face of every human lost forever to the sea incorporated in that same hull section (ST1974 : Cardiff Bay Merchant Seafarers' Memorial).

The hull rests on a circular mosaic by artists Louise Shenstone and Adrian Butler. Inscribed around the edge of the mosaic are the words:

“IN MEMORY OF THE MERCHANT SEAFARERS FROM THE PORTS OF BARRY PENARTH CARDIFF WHO DIED IN TIMES OF WAR”

LinkExternal link Cardiff Bay.co.uk
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The plaque just outside the circular mosaic base of the memorial recognises the efforts of William Henke MBE (1914 – 2000) “whose personal endeavours secured this memorial”.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 28 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 3 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events  Docks, Harbours 
Date (from Tags)
1914  2000  1997 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1936 7438 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.7576N 3:9.7303W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1936 7438
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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War Memorial  Sculpture  Monument  Seamen  Merchant Seamen  Seafarers  Merchant Seafarers  Merchant Navy 

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