Seafarers honoured

Kath Ferguson

THE annual Tasmanian Seafarers’ Memorial service will be held later this month at Triabunna after a cancellation last year due to the pandemic.

Organisers are hoping that, subject to continued positive health advice, the event will bring together members of the state’s maritime organisations for the service and for the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.

There are now 129 plaques installed on the memorial recording the loss of 1560 souls in Tasmanian waters or Tasmanians lost at sea somewhere in the world.

Three new plaques were added this year, recording the loss of two fishermen Walter Coulson of Dover in 1961, and Kevin (Bruce) Haigh of Orford who fished out of Triabunna.

The third plaque commemorates the loss in 1850 of the Lady Denison’ with 42 on board, which disappeared in rough weather on a voyage from South Australia to Hobart.

The service will be held at the memorial, by the Triabunna Marina, on Sunday October 17 at 10.50am for 11am.

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