I ATTENDED the (recent) reunion of marine crew who survived Cyclone Ada in 1970 and had a great day meeting crew that I hadn’t seen for 40 years.
Thank you Gloria Demartini and Sean Mountney.
During the meeting I was interviewed by a reporter / photographer who asked me for my opinion on constructing a fitting memorial for the lost ship-mates in Ada.
I did say that I thought we can do better than throwing flowers in the water – great thought, but I think we will do better.
When Barbara and I visited the USA a few years ago, we went to Gloucester, Massachu- setts – a fishing town in northeast USA.
There they have lost over 200 souls at sea in fishing trawlers in that area.
The movie Perfect Storm was based on truth.
They have two memorials on view in a prominent seaside place, where tourists take photos and souvenirs are available.
I have since been talking with Bill “Bunter” Liddel about it and we agreed that wherever a memorial here is built, it should be secured agianst thieves and at the same time be able to be shifted to a new location, is and when the old spot is wanted for a carpark.
An ideal spot in my opinion would be opposite the Airlie pub at the market entrance as most visitors in ships visit that area.
Allen Southwood (survivor) Jubilee Pocket