Figurehead Lost at Sea Memorial -- St. David's Island BM
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Quick Description: This grand and evocative Figurehead Lost at Sea Memorial on St. David's Island was opened by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in 2005.
Location: Bermuda
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 10:01:09 AM
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Long Description:
That waymarked grand opening plaque is located on the side of a government building at the parking area near the trail that will take you to the Lost at Sea Memorial.

The plaque reads as follows:

Memorial For Those Lost At Sea

By M. Bill “Mussey” Ming

Commissioned By The Government Of Bermuda

Opened By
HRH The Duke Of York, KCVO, ADC

5 November 2005

Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP MP
Deputy Premier Minister of Tourism And Transport

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, they see the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep.” Psalm 107: 23-24"

From the Bermuda attractions website: (visit link)

"Lost At Sea Memorial Bermuda

The lost at sea memorial 'Figurehead' was created in memory of those slaves and free blacks who lost their lives in the ocean. During 18th and 19th centuries, Bermuda's economy depended a lot on the sea. Lot of slaves and free blacks spent their lives on the sea being whalers, fishermen and even pilots. The slaves who worked as crewmen, traveled around the world on merchant boats and privateer ships. Many of them never returned home.

There had been many cases when they would have been fallen overboard into the sea by a strong gale or while working on the ships mast. Whaling used to be a lucrative but a dangerous business at the same time. Whales would provide oil, bones and food all together. Usually long whaling boats would take six oarsmen and one harpooner in search of whales.

n some occasions the boats capsized and the crewmen lost limbs and even their lives. In 1840, a boat belonging to a black organization Southampton Whaling Establishment, capsized and the crewman Henry Taylor lost his life. Pilots also had a risky life. Bermuda's waters have always been full of treacherous reefs. Navigating the reefs have never been easy, and many blacks were given the job of piloting the ships. In some occasions, strong squalls would drive the boats offshore never to be heard again. In one such instance, pilot William Nights and his six crewmen were last seen in February 1856 heading towards the western end of the island. They could never be traced again although the empty boat came ashore.

The FIGUREHEAD Lost At Sea Memorial has been created at the Great Head Park in St. David's Island by the Bermudian sculptor Bill "Mussey" Ming. It was unveiled on November 5, 2005 by the Duke of York.

Great Head Park, St. David's Island, St. George's
Bus Routes: #6 (operate between St George and St Davids)."

From the British Royal Family website, a brief biography of HRH The Duke of York: (visit link)

"The Duke of York was born on 19 February 1960 at Buckingham Palace, the second son and the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.

Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was titled The Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

His Royal Highness served in the Royal Navy for 22 years, seeing active service in the Falklands campaign and Commanding HMS COTTESMORE.

Today, The Duke is a full-time working member of the Royal Family, in support of The Queen. His work is focused on creating skilled jobs and assisting the economic success of the United Kingdom.

The Duke concentrates his efforts on three areas where he believes he can have the greatest impact:

- Education and Skills
- Science and Engineering
- Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Entrepreneurship

His Royal Highness also supports many charitable and not-for-profit organisations and maintains close links with the Armed Forces."
What was opened/inaugurated?: Figurehead Lost at Sea Memorial

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, KCVO, ADC

Date of the opening/inauguration?: 5 November 2005

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