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Merchant Navy Memorial South Shields

This memorial commemorates the sailors of the Merchant Navy who sailed from South Shields and lost their lives in the Second World War.

Text on the memorial
Merchant Navy Memorial

This statue was unveiled by Countess Mountbatten of Burma on 19th September, 1990 in memory of the thousands of merchant seamen who sailed from this port [South Shields] and lost their lives in World War II.

Unrecognized, you put us in your debt;
Unthanked, you enter or escape, the grave;
Whether your land remember or forget
You saved the land, or died to try to save.

John Masefield poet laureat.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries
  • Photos: Flickr