By Nancy Erickson
It may not look like much is happening in a timely fashion with Phase III of the Seward Mariners’ Memorial project, but that buzz you hear is workers at RP Art in Seattle bustling to complete construction of the wave wall in time for the next Samson barge.
Due to problems with suppliers, the arrival date of the 35-foot custom-designed wave wall initially destined for an August installation in Seward has been pushed back a month. And because the four cleat benches manufactured at the Port Townsend Foundry are accompanying the wave wall in a container donated by Samson Tug and Barge, their arrival has also been delayed. Artists are working overtime in attempts to make the Sept. 11 barge from Seattle to Seward. The next sailing would be Sept. 25.
And adhering to the domino effect’s chain reaction, landscaping has been postponed until next spring. However, Homer’s Brenda Adams of Gardens By Design will be designing garden beds during the winter months to come in preparation for next spring’s installation.
But don’t get the impression things are at a standstill. The Memorial project recently received a generous donation of $2,500 from Well Fargo that will be put toward the landscaping budget and committee members will be actively seeking funding for the remaining $12,500 needed to complete the gardens, including plants and maritime artifacts. Harmon Construction recently completed installation of the wave wall footings. And Bovey Trophies in Anchorage has completed 10 historical plaques honoring those who long ago succumbed to our local waters, made possible by a gift from Nina Daley.
It’s taken a lot of hard work and the support of many people and organizations to arrive at the point where the project is today. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made via the web site at sewardmarinersmemorial.org, by contacting Nancy Erickson at 491-1639 or at Seward Mariners’ Memorial, PO Box 3544 Seward 99664.