Memorial event for lost seafarers to take place in Hartlepool

Reverend Chris Collison next to the Merchant Seamen's Memorial at Jacksons Landing. Picture by FRANK REID

Reverend Chris Collison next to the Merchant Seamen's Memorial at Jacksons Landing. Picture by FRANK REID

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A MARITIME memorial will take place later this month to remember those who have lost their lives at sea.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 20, and has been organised by the Misison to Seafarers and Superintendent Peter Dade of the Fishermen’s Mission.

Visitors will gather around the memorial to seafarers which is located at the end of the Jacksons Landing site to hear a service led by Reverend Chris Collison, who also connected to the Mission to Seafarers.

Rev Collison is hoping for a good turnout, and says the event is important as more than 700 people from the area have died at sea.

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

“The occasion takes places around the Seaton High Light 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 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.”

A band of Brigaders of the 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade will lead the procession from Jackson’s Wharf to the Seaton High Light and back to the HMS Trincomalee.

After the service, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a free visit to HMS Trincomalee.

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 also asked if any visitors have photographs, memorabilia or medals to bring them along to the service.

For more information about the service, call Rev Collison on (01429) 267030 or email revchris@hartlepool-sthilda.org.uk.