The Merchant Navy Memorial Trust (Scotland) was
founded in 2009. It
raised funds to create a monument which was, recently unveiled by the
trust's Patron, The Princes Royal.
The memorial is at Tower Place, Leith, on the
site of the old Leith Inner Harbour, in front of the former Seamen's Home,
built 1883, now Malmaison Hotel.
The memorial was created:
"to commemorate the loss of all Scottish
Merchant Navy and other Scottish seafaring and mercantile personnel who
gave their lives in World Wars I and II, other theatres of conflict and in
peacetime service along the trading routes of the world."
The memorial was created by Jill Watson.
"Jill was born in Edinburgh in 1957. She spent
five years at the Edinburgh College of Art, then proceeded to Italy to
learn to carve marble and work in bronze beside the artisans in the
workshops and studios of Pietrasanta near Carrara..
The two quotations above are taken
Merchant Navy Memorial Trust web site
The memorial follows the nautical tradition of
being in the form of a column. It is in bronze, mounted on a
sandstone column. It was cast at Powderhall Bronze Foundry,
Graham Street, Bonnington, Edinburgh.