Dedicated to all merchant mariners who have served America from the Revolutionary War through present day. In the prosecution of war and in pursuit of peaceful commerce, unrecognized thousands have lost their lives at sea. Their sacrifices have helped secure America's liberty and prosperity. The sculpture was inspired by a photograph of the victims of a submarine attack on an American merchant ship during World War II. Left to the perils of the sea, the survivors later perished.
This memorial serves as a marker for America's merchant mariners resting in the unmarked ocean depths.
In recognition and appreciation:
U.S. Senator John B. Breaux; U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones; U.S. Representative Helen Delich Bentley; U.S. Maritime Administrator Captain Warren G. Leback; America's Maritime Labor; America's Merchant Mariners; America's Maritime Industry; Battery Park City Authority
American Merchant Mariners' Memorial Incorporated; Lane Kirkland, Chairman; Read Admiral Thomas A. King, USMS (Ret), President; Board of Director & Members
Governor Mario M. Cuomo, State of New York; Mayor David N. Dinkins, City of New York