Merchant Navy Day: Remembering Those Lost at Sea

Branches around the country have had their hand in commemorating merchant navy sailors killed at sea this week.

Significant delegations of members past and present attended respective Merchant Navy Day ceremonies in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory on Wednesday.


National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said it was important to remember the history of the union.

“On days like Merchant Navy Day we appreciate the sacrifices our forebears have made to ensure the union and more generally the maritime industry is in the position it is today and around the world,” Crumlin said.

In Brisbane an event was held at Greenbank RSL, there the Naval Ode was recited:

They have no grave but the cruel sea
No flowers lay at their head
A rusting hulk is their tombstone
Afast on the ocean bed.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.