Weymouth, Portland & District Branch of the Merchant Navy Association would like to express their sincere appreciation for the support provided by the sponsors listed below. Their generous contributions have made it possible, in just eight short months, to achieve the Branch’s dream of raising sufficient funds for the erection of a memorial on Weymouth seafront to the crews of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who gave their lives during two world wars and the Falklands conflict.The memorial was unveiled on the 9th of November 2016, in time for Remembrance Sunday on the 13th.The list is in alphabetical order:
Albion StoneAll those Pubs and Clubs which displayedmoney collection boxesAll those members of the public who havedonated so generouslyArgosASDA Supermarket Bluebird CoachesBrittany FerriesCame Down Golf ClubCondor FerriesDesign & Print SolutionsDorset EchoGala BingoHowleys ToyshopJudi GiffordMallams RestaurantMary TolleyMorrisons SupermarketMud Sweat & GearsPortland Court LeetSteve CraneTesco SupermarketThe Dolphin HotelThe Mayor and Mayoress of WeymouthThe Royal OakThe White Horse Inn, Litton CheneyWaitrose SupermarketWessex FMWeymouth & Portland Borough CouncilWeymouth Operatic SocietyWeymouth PavilionWyke Smugglers
Heroes by David PartridgeDon't speak to me of heroes until you've heard the taleOf Britain's merchant seamen who sailed through storm and galeTo keep those lifelines open in our hour of needWhen a tyrant cast a shadow across our Island breedCaptains, greasers, cabin boys, mates and engineers Heard the call to duty and cast aside their fearsThey stoked those hungry boilers and stood behind the wheelWhile cooks and stewards manned the guns on coffins made of steelThey moved in icy convoys from Scapa to MurmanskAnd crossed the western ocean, never seeking thanks.They sailed the South Atlantic where raiders lay in waitAnd kept the food lines open from Malta to the Cape.Tracked by silent U-boats which hunted from below,Shelled by mighty cannons and fighter's flying low,They clung to burning lifeboats when the sea had turned to flameAnd watched their ship mates disappear to everlasting fame.I speak not of a handful but 3O,OOO plus,Some whose names we'll never know in whom we placed our trust. They never knew the honour of medals on their chestsOr marching bands and victory and glory and the rest.The ocean is their resting place, their tombstone is the wind,The seabirds cry their last goodbye to family and friend. Freighters, troopships, liners and tankers by the score,Fishing boats and coasters, 2OOO ships and moreThey flew the Red Duster as they sank beneath the wavesAnd took those countless heroes to lonely ocean graves.Their legacy is freedom to those who hold it dearTo walk with clear horizons and never hide in fearSo when you speak of heroes remember those at seaFrom Britain's Merchant Navy who died to keep us free.