The contribution of the Merchant Navy is remembered at Cutty Sark in a memorial by sculptor Maurice Lambert.
Why does the Merchant Navy matter to the Cutty Sark?
Cutty Sark was placed in Greenwich as a memorial to the Merchant Navy, particularly those who lost their lives in the two world wars. The sacrifice of the Merchant Marine for their country is still little known and the sculptor Maurice Lambert’s memorial to the Merchant Navy, which was restored in 2011, is displayed prominently at Cutty Sark.
Why do we remember the Merchant Navy?
After years of campaigning for full and appropriate recognition, the High Court finally recognised that Merchant Navy vessels were ‘in military service’ because of their work during the wars escorting voyages to all the theatres of activity. Those ships which did not return are now classed as war graves.
We enjoy an excellent relationship with the Merchant Navy Association and are privileged to be able to represent the ship at the Cenotaph and at Trinity House on significant dates.