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CARDIFF MERCHANT SEAMAN'S MEMORIAL

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NPRN 421838

Map Reference ST17SE

Grid Reference ST1932674437

Unitary (Local) Authority Cardiff

Old County Glamorgan

Community Butetown

Type of Site WAR MEMORIAL

Broad Class COMMEMORATIVE

Period 21st Century

Site Description The Cardiff Merchant Seaman's memorial sculpture in the form of a sleeping face within a ship's hull was commissioned by Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, Merchant Navy Memorial Committee and Cardiff County Council in 1994.

The memorial is set in a circular mosaic created in 1997 by Louise Shenstone and Adrian Butler. Inscribed around 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

'Tiger Bay and Butetown provided a high proportion of Cardiff's merchant seamen and in 1994, the Merchant Navy Memorial Committee began campaigning for a monument to the many killed in war. Brought up on his father's stories of life as a wartime merchant seafarer, Brian Fell sought out Britain's last hydraulic riveting workshop and learnt this disappearing skill in order to 'seam' steel sections into the sculpture's two distinct aspects - a timeless face and beached ship's hull.'
Ref: http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/11872/

The memorial won the Lord Mayor's Civic Award 1997.

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