Mersey Maritime members are to play a key role in a £2.5m campaign to build a memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic at Liverpool’s Pier Head.
The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM) campaign is being supported by National Museums Liverpool and the project will work closely with Merseyside Maritime Museum. The memorial will also be sited on National Museums Liverpool’s land, between the River Mersey and the Museum of Liverpool.
And helping to publicise the campaign is another Mersey Maritime member, Polaris Media, run by brothers Ben and Sam Pinnington. They secured significant coverage of the launch in regional and national media.
Crucial to the outcome of the Second World War the Battle of the Atlantic last from 1939 to 1945 and cost an estimated 100,000 lives.
Liverpool was home to the nerve centre of the Allied operations during the battle but, incredibly, it has no dedicated national memorial. But now a campaign has been launched to change that.
BOAM is a registered charity and is looking to raise £2.5m to build a memorial on the Pier Head, incorporating the existing statue of U-Boat hunter Johnnie Walker . It would comprise a 8-metre monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.
The design is the brainchild of acclaimed sculptor Paul Day whose works include the Battle of Britain Monument and the Iraq-Afghanistan memorial, both in London.
Called the “longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history”, the Battle of the Atlantic started with the naval blockade of Germany and was followed by Germany’s subsequent counter-blockade.
It was at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943 and its participants included the British Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, US Navy, Allied merchant vessels all pitted against the German Navy and the aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
The aim is to unveil the monument in 2019, the 80th anniversary of the start of the battle and the beginning of World War Two.
Polaris managing director Ben Pinnington said: “Coming from Merseyside and specialising in maritime it is a privilege to work on this project.
“Media interest in the memorial is high and it is great to have the Mail on Sunday on board to bang the drum for the campaign nationally and internationally as one of the biggest news websites in the world.
Ben said Polaris, which also specialises in exports, is bringing its international contacts to the campaign to help drive awareness overseas of the fundraising effort.
“Through our partner in Chicago, Virgil CSR, we have been able to open doors and we are planning a fundraising tour to America in May,” he added.
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