In mem­ory

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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