The Seward Mariners Memorial Group received a $1,000 mini-grant in May 2022 for funds to repair the aluminum wave wall. The 35-foot aluminum wave wall, installed in October of 2014, sustained damage to the outside of the structure over the winter.
The Seward Mariners’ Memorial sits on the south harbor uplands overlooking Resurrection Bay and the Seward Small Boat Harbor. The site includes a lighthouse adorned with plaques that honor the lives of mariners lost at sea or who had devoted their lives to the ocean. Complete with cleat benches and flower gardens, the Mariners’ Memorial provides a beautiful location for the reflection of lost loved ones. It also offers excellent views of boats and wildlife coming to and from the harbor and Resurrection Bay.
The lighthouse is bordered by a “wave wall” with blue lettering and a compass rose that serves as a windbreak. Earlier this year, the harbor crew noticed a few letters had sustained damages over the winter. With the funds from the mini-grant, Seward Mariners’ Memorial Group was able to hire Catalyst Marine to repair the letters of the wall and bring the memorial back to its original glory.
Although the Seward Mariners’ Memorial Group is working toward becoming self-sustaining, the memorial currently depends on donations and grants for upkeep and repairs. To donate to the Seward Mariners’ Memorial, visit its website at www.sewardmarinersmemorial.org.
Funds for this grant came from the Seward Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund.