Photographs - Lost Ones: Memorial to Merchant Navy with poem by Noel Smith
From the Collection of Mission to Seafarers Victoria 717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria
- Opened by His Excellency Sir Eric Neal AC CVO on 30 September 2001, the Memorial is located in City Park, Port Pirie.
Mr Noel Smith, a resident of Port Pirie, former Merchant Navy seaman and Port Pirie tugboat officer designed the memorial, found the anchor located on the top of the memorial during a dredging operation in a creek near the Nystar plant and wrote the poem inscribed on the main plaque.
They live in the curl of the breaking wave,
They sing when the sea winds blow,
They lay not confined in a land locked grave,
Nor in dim dark depths below.
Do you hear them laugh in the rippling tide,
Call free in the ocean breeze ?
Do you see them soar where great gulls glide
At peace with the fearsome seas ?
They live still in the hearts of those who wait
Held strong in the bonds of love
'Til their souls unite and congregate
In God`s great harbour above.
For those who were lost to the depths of the sea
- 26 Mar 2019 at 8:56PM