Memorial event for lost seafarers taking place in Hartlepool this weekend

This is the fourth time the event will take place, with the service being held at the Seaton High Light.
This is the fourth time the event will take place, with the service being held at the Seaton High Light.

A memorial service for those who have lost their lives at sea will be held in Hartlepool this weekend.

The event is taking place on Sunday, and will take place around the memorial to seafarers at the end of Jackson’s Landing, on the west side of the marina.

This will be the fourth occasion when seafarers and fishermen who have lost their lives at sea will be publicly remembered

Rev Chris Collison

It has been organised by Rev Chris Collison, of the Mission to Seafarers, and Superintendent Peter Dade, from the Fishermen’s Mission.

The band of the 1st Hartlepool Sea Cadets will lead the procession from Jackson’s Wharf to the Seaton Highlight, and back to the HMS Trincomalee.

Rev Collison said: “This will be the fourth occasion when seafarers and fishermen who have lost their lives at sea will be publicly remembered.

“The occasion takes places at the old Seaton Highlight, around which are plaques inscribed with the names of over 700 seafarers who have died at sea.

“Relatives of seafarers, including those of the Royal Navy, are warmly invited to attend and take part in the service.

“Nothing is known of most of the names that are inscribed on the memorial plaques, so we are asking that relatives step forward and provide information about them.

“The names that will be read out at the service will be those about which we have some information.”

After the service, those who attend will get the chance to have a free visit to HMS Trincomalee, based in Jackson Dock.

The ship was used as a training ship in Hartlepool docks in the late 19th century, and in the 1870s part of it was used as a Seafarers’ Centre for the crews of the ships visiting the docks.

Rev Collison has appealed for relatives who have photographs, memorabilia or medals to bring them along to the service.

The occasion gives people an opportunity to remember seafarers past and present, and celebrate the work among today’s seafarers and fishermen in the ports of Hartlepool and the Tees.

For more information, email: revchris@hartlepool-sthilda.org.uk