Merchant Navy, the Forgotten Service

From Maasmond Newsclippings today:

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If you are ever in London take time to pay your respects at the Tower Hill Memorial in Trinity Square Gardens. Bronze plaques list the dead of all the merchant mariners and fishermen who died at sea in WW1, WW2, and the Falklands War. When you read the plaques you’re struck by all the Indian and Asian names in the crews.

It’s like The Wall, only it was built 30 years earlier.

Since you’re there already, take a look at the Ten Trinity Square building. A huge, ornate place. Must be a capitol building, or a cathedral right? Nope. It was built as headquarters for the London Port Authority. Headquarters for running all the docks and pools and canals that were once the lifeblood of the city. Shows you how much wealth came into that one port at one time. Shipping ruled back then.

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Although it has been a couple of years now, I have spent quite a bit of time in London, and especially The City. I am very familiar with both of these. In fact, during one of my early trips, a major insurance broker was housed in 10 Trinity Square, and had a very tense meeting in the building. One of those with a VERY long table surrounded by lots of important folks. . . .well, it all worked out in the end. Getting around the inside of the building was like running a maze. Fascinating, to be sure.

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