“Dedicated to promoting safety in the fishing fleets and easing the burdens of the families and friends of fishermen/women lost at sea… ” May 6th is the first Sunday of the month and is therefore the yearly memorial service for those who’ve perished at sea. Many of the fishermen and crews we see on Deadliest Catch actually hail from the Seattle area not the mention the many we don’t see. If you’re like me–an avid long distance fan–you can learn more about this memorial that is dear to the heart of our favorite fisherman by visiting the memorial’s website . The memorial is located at the Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal.
Recognition and Comfort
In 1988, the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial dedicated a magnificent bronze and stone aggregate monument at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. The celebration culminated years of effort and generous contribution by Seattle’s commercial fishing community. This towering sculpture and the bronze name plaques at its base have become a place of reverence, recognition and healing for the families of more than 670 local commercial fishermen and women who have lost their lives pursuing their livelihood since the turn of the century.
More than a tribute to an industry and the lives of its men and women, the monument fills a special need for commercial fishing families. In many instances, those who are lost at sea simply vanish, leaving their loved ones without a word or a trace. The construction of this monument has provided their memory a residence, a site for family and friends to visit, to place flowers, to reflect and to heal.
Each Spring, on the first Sunday of May, the Memorial hosts a service to honor all of those who have died at sea and to place additional names on the plaques. Sadly, commercial fishing remains the country’s most dangerous profession, and new names have been added each year.