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30-October-2016 (Peter F Williams)
30-October-2016 (Peter F Williams)

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / John Huth

Two Admiralty pattern long shanked anchors from the sail training ship Vernon, built 1839, serve as a Sydney-based memorial to Merchant Seamen who died in service or were killed in action in  World War Two.

Perhaps the largest of their type on public display in Australia, the anchors weigh over four and a half tons each. The anchors were recovered from shallow water off Goat Island and set up as a memorial in 1992 with the assistance of BHP.

A plaque on the monument also commemorates the sacrifices made by Australian and international merchant seaman in the development of Australia.


Address:2 Murray Street, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870096
Long: 151.19902
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1992
Front Inscription


In memory
of all Merchant Navy seafarers who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II (one in eight Australian merchant seamen gave his life), and in recognition of the sterling wartime contribution of seamen`s women`s auxiliaries.

Commissioned by the Brisbane
Seamen`s Union Women` Committee,
1953 - 1993

Vessels Lost Off
The East Coast Of Australia  

[ List of vessels ]


Back Inscription
Dedicated To The Memory Of The
Sacrifices Made By Australian
And International Merchant
Seafarers In Contributing To
Australia's Prosperity And Peace.
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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