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Jersey
Saint Helier

Le Quai aux Marchands

Westaway Monument

John Nathaniel Westaway
Jersey 1812 - at sea near Jersey 1870
Pierre Robinet
1875

Saint Helier /  Westaway Monument   Saint Helier /  Westaway Monument

Description

Cast iron sculpture combining a dolphin - in Greek mythology the creature which helped those in distress at sea - and an anchor, symbol of hope. The sculpture is on the central column of a (former) fountain, with on the base a bronze relief portrait of Westaway.

Saint Helier - Westaway Monument Saint Helier - Westaway Monument

Inscription(s)

in commemoration of the gallantry of
john n. westaway
when the s.s. normandy foundered 17 march 1870

Annotation

The monument commemorates the gallantry of John Westaway, a passenger on the Normandy who showed great courage when it sank. He sacrificed his seat on the lifeboat of the i>Normandy to a Miss Albina Falle, giving her his coat as protection against the elements.

At a few meters distance is the Harvey monument, an obelisk erected to commemorate Captain Henry Beckford Harvey and the crew of the Normandy.

Both memorials remember those who lost their lives in thick fog when the Normandy of the Steam Packet Company, a subsidary of the London and South-Western Railway, sank after a collision with the Mary (893 tons) on 17 March 1870, which is well documented . The Mary was on route from Odessa to Grimsby with a cargo of maize. 34 lives were lost.

Saint Helier - Westaway Monument

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 49°10'34" W 2°6'38"

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