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Vernon Anchors / April 2013
Vernon Anchors / April 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Two impressive Admiralty pattern long shanked anchors from the sail training ship Vernon, built 1839, serve as a Sydney-based memorial to Merchant Seamen lost in action aboard ship during 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.

Location

Address:2 Murray Street, Australian National Maritime Museum, Pyrmont, 2009
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870096
Long: 151.19902
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1992
Front Inscription

Plaque:

In memory
1940 
Vessels Lost Off
The East Coast 
Of Australia 
1944 
(list of vessels) 

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

Commissioned By The Brisbane
Seaman's Union Women's Committee.
1953 -1993. 


Plaque: 

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE
SACRIFICES MADE BY AUSTRALIAN
AND INTERNATIONAL MERCHANT
SEAFARERS IN CONTRIBUTING TO
AUSTRALIA'S PROSPERITY AND PEACE

Source: MA
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