Seward Mariners’ Memorial enters phase two
The Seward Mariners’ Memorial Committee is forging ahead with phase two of the project – the compass rose – with intentions of beginning construction this spring.
The 75-foot-diameter compass rose platform will surround the lighthouse replica that was completed on the south harbor uplands in January 2012. The committee has selected a paver tile over compacted sub-base construction with poured concrete borders and internal demarcations for the compass rose, similar to the compass rose at the harbormaster’s plaza. The hard surface will allow easier access by wheelchair-bound visitors. Timeline for completion is this fall.
The majority of the work will be done by a local contractor, but volunteers will be needed for certain aspects. We’re also looking for brass directional markings that can be inlaid into the pavers.
The committee has approximately half of the projected cost of the compass rose and is relying on grants and donations for the remainder in order to begin construction this spring.
Phase 3 (2014) will see installation of a ship’s bell (Anyone have a bell gathering dust in a closet?) and further landscaping with benches and a wave wall. This plan will involve Seward’s artisans to help add informative murals, artistic enhancements and the statue of a woman looking out to sea on the upper floor of the lighthouse depicting the widow’s walk theme from historic ports. A section of the memorial site will be dedicated to victims of the 1964 earthquake and other historic maritime events that have occurred in the area.
The display of memorial plaques on the inside walls of the lighthouse continues to grow. There are currently 14 granite plaques honoring local mariners who have either died at sea or in some way contributed to our maritime history/industry. The annual dedication of new plaques will be held in conjunction with the annual Blessing of the Fleet on May 18. Details are in the making. Plaque order forms are available on the Web site at sewardmarinersmemorial.org or call Nancy Erickson at 491-1639.