This is a memorial to all known ships lost along the Fylde coast, from Fleetwood to Lytham St Annes, North West England. It is positioned on the promenade at Cleveleys, adjacent to the site of the most recently lost ship the Riverdance.
The artwork takes the form of a 4.6m tall ‘wall of words’, with the names of the ships pierced through sheets of 15mm thick weathering steel. A larger text, in relief, runs the full height of the memorial, with words taken from the famous Seaman’s Hymn. A circular aperture frames a significant view along the Fylde Coast, presenting a photographic opportunity for visitors.
The decorative metalwork is supported by two large greenheart timber structures, which house two plaques listing the names of the ships, dates and a little more information regarding the tragic event which lead to the loss of the ship.