Since the Revolutionary War, Merchant Mariners have been voluntary participants in every American conflict. During World War II, the Merchant Marine suffered a higher casualty rate than any of the other military services.
Located in New York Harbor, this memorial serves as a remembrance for all of America’s merchant sailors resting in unmarked ocean depths. It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that this memorial receives the care it needs.
During World War II, a Nazi U-Boat attacked a merchant marine tankship, the MUSKOGEE, and while the seamen gathered at their lifeboat the victims were photographed.
The American mariners depicted in this statue drifted away and later perished at sea.
The statue, designed and sculpted by Marisol Escobar, is inspired by these photographs.
From the Battery Park Esplanade, in New York City, the Memorial is viewed against the background of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
The Memorial is located on a historic section of granite breakwater, completely surrounded by salt water. Due to this harsh environment, regular cleaning and maintenance is required.
Your donations are needed to ensure the preservation of this memorial in perpetuity.
Please send your contribution to:
Maritime Association Foundation Inc.
17 Battery Place, Suite 913 New York, NY 10004
(212) 425-5704 firstname.lastname@example.org