Doomed Mariners. Love the bird.

Doomed Merchant Mariners Memorial

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

When compared to the Navy or even the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marine gets very little recognition (except, perhaps, when they're on TV news evading pirates). This bronze memorial was meant to change that. It was also meant to make you feel lousy about not thinking about the Merchant Marine.

The sculpture is perched on the end of a dock just off-shore. It shows several doomed seamen atop a sinking boat: one shouts for help, a second kneels in shock, a third reaches down not quite far enough toward a hand, extending out of the water, of a drowning mate (We saw a similar, although happier, statue tableau at the International Towing Museum).

Helping a drowning comrade.

The scene, according to the statue's plaque, was "inspired by a photograph of the victims of a submarine attack" in World War II. "Left to the perils of the sea, the survivors later perished."

We'd like to report that the memorial has accomplished its desired goal. But although it's placed where there's always a line of people waiting to board the Statue of Liberty ferry, no one except the seagulls seem to notice it.

Doomed Merchant Mariners Memorial

Battery Park

Address:
Battery Park, New York, NY
Directions:
In the northwest corner of Battery Park, just off-shore, at the end of the line where people queue up to board the Statue of Liberty ferry.
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