HRH The Princess Royal was in Plymouth for the third time this year to unveil a monument dedicated to the Merchant Navy and UK fishing fleet.
Firstly, she will be unveiling the new monument at a ceremony on The Hoe and will subsequently attend a reception at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club.
In between these engagements, The Princess will stop briefly at the Crowne Plaza to meet members of the Plymouth MN Monument Committee which is responsible for the installation of the structure following a five–year campaign and almost £200,000 raised in funds.
Sitting between the Naval War Memorial and the memorial celebrating the tri-centenary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the new monument pays tribute to the Merchant Navy and fishing fleet of the United Kingdom and honours the lives of merchant seafarers and fishermen who have been lost at sea in times of both peace and war.
More than 30,000 merchant seamen lost their lives during World War Two alone – a death rate that was higher proportionately than in any of the armed forces.
Taken by “Glenn Pook Photography”.
A brief history of Glenn Pook.
I started my sea going career on Sea Angling boats out of Plymouth, Then Fishing on Trawlers out of Plymouth, and then Grimsby.
I then joined a Research Fishing Vessel working out of Plymouth called “Sarsia” PH6.
From there I traveled the world including many time in the Antarctic on British Research Ships, such as Royal Research Ship “Frederic Russell. RRS Challenger. RRS Discovery. RRS Charles Darwin. and RRS James Cook. Ending my 33 year career on Research ships in 2011.
Now retired I do Photography as a hobby to keep me occupied in retirement.