Mosaic celebrates Merchant Navy

A mosaic is to be unveiled in North Liverpool celebrating the contribution made by Merchant Navy seafarers to the city.

The new artwork has been created by local artist Alan Murray(pictured below) and illustrates the skylines of three cities linked by the sea – Liverpool, New York and Montreal.

In the centre of the mosaic is a plaque celebrating the Merchant Navy and Merchant Marine.

It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, along with Merchant Navy veterans  in a ceremony at the  Eldonian Village Hall .

The artwork was requested by the Mayor, Joe Anderson, to recognise the contribution made by men and women from the city who served in the Merchant Navy.

“We cannot ever overlook the importance to the city of those Liverpool people who served in the Merchant Navy,” said Mayor Anderson. “Thousands gave their lives in the war and they should never be forgotten. And in peacetime their work ensured that Liverpool was a major trading port.UNVEILING_OF_MERCHANT_NAVY_MOSAIC_052

“It is only right that there should be a permanent marker in the city to celebrate what they have done for the city over very many decades.”

Council officers have worked with the Merchant Navy Veterans Association to ensure the artwork will be a fitting tribute. Many of Liverpool ‘s Merchant Navy seafarers sailed on vessels owned by Cunard, the Canadian Pacific  and White Star Lines so the mosaic reflects the links between Liverpool, New York and Montreal.

To coincide with the unveiling of the mosaic a two day community clean-up, involving local residents and businesses, will be held along the canalside between the Eldonian Village and Athol Village.