Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes
Sir William Goscombe John, 1860-1952
Granite, with gilding on the the sunrays in the middle and the torch flames at the top
St Nicholas Place, Pier Head, Liverpool
This monument was originally intended to honor the engineering crew of the Titanic, many of whom came from Liverpool, and who bravely stayed at their posts and kept the ship's lights going as long as possible. But the monument's range was later broadened to include the new casualties of war — as the north-face inscription says, it is "in honour of all heroes of the marine engine room." We are exhorted, on the south-face inscription, "to emulate their courage and devotion to duty." [Commentary continues below.]
Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.
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