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Work began on the brick walkways at the Lost to the Sea memorial last week under the supervision of Peter Hilton (right). The brick work is expected to be completed this week.
The Lost to the Sea committee is urging people in Yarmouth County to contact them with names of family members who have been lost to the sea.
The memorial wall is a project of the Yarmouth Waterfront Development Corporation and will be located at the northwest corner of Water and Glebe streets. It will commemorate county residents who, down through history, have died at sea.
Even though researchers have been combing archives and tramping through graveyards now for a couple of years; even though there has been cooperation from numerous genealogical and historical buffs; even though organizers have had a good response from previous stories; the committee continues to come across names that should be on the monument.
Last month, several new names were uncovered when Wedgeport resident Donnie Jacquard provided the committee with a list.
Yarmouth Waterfront Development Corporation executive director Jim Corning said the committee has decided to delay the cut-off date for another month. The committee now has around 2,400 names.
In the interim, he is urging people to contact the committee with names of anyone they think should be on the monument.
“We don’t want to miss anyone,” he said.
The monument’s completion is now set for early spring. Last week work got underway laying the brick walkways.
The seven panels on which the names will be engraved are ready to be cut and the elements that make up the main monument’s design, including a bronze wheel, are being fashioned. In addition to the monument, there will be three display panels including one at the Cape Forchu light station and in Tusket near the courthouse and archives.
To contact the Lost to the Sea committee Click here.