College Cadets remember Merchant Navy Day

More than one hundred Merchant Navy cadets from City of Glasgow College joined Glasgow’s Lord Provost at a ceremony in George Square to mark Merchant Navy Memorial Day on Friday 2 September.

Cadet Shawn Swanney and Cadet Hannah Beebe from the Faculty of Nautical studies at the College read names from the Merchant Navy Roll of Honour which documents the details of thousands of Glaswegians who lost their lives.

A two minute's silence followed during which the Merchant Navy standard was dipped in salute to lost seafarers. The Red Ensign, the UK’s official Merchant Navy flag was flown from the City Chambers.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty was amongst those laying wreaths at the event to remember Merchant Navy crews and fishermen who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

Bailie Nina Baker who served in the Merchant Navy read the poem ‘In Waters Deep’ by Eileen Mahone. The Depute Lord Provost Gerry Leonard read Binyon’s lines.

The Lord Provost said:

“Merchant Navy Memorial Day remembers those who served in the two World Wars and other conflicts. I was delighted to be accompanied by young men and women starting out on their Merchant Navy careers.

“It is with a great sense of pride, and shared sorrow, that we joined with seafaring veterans and their families, to express our gratitude and the gratitude of the people of Glasgow, for those brave men and women, lost at sea defending our shores.”

Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little said:

“As the UK's premiere maritime campus, our college cadets were proud to be part of this important occasion paying their respects to merchant navy seafarers lost at sea.

"It was also a great privilege for cadets Shawn Swanney and Hannah Beebe to be given the opportunity to read names from the Merchant Navy Roll of Honour."