Honouring the Centaur

Placing of plaque

On Tuesday 12 January 2010 a memorial service was held for the AHS Centaur which lay 2059 metres below the surface. Major Arthur Dugdale, Historian John Foley and Graham Samway, Captain of the Seahorse Spirit were involved in the service which included prayers and readings.

At the conclusion of the service Major Dugdale laid a wreath on the water over the site.

In the early hours of the morning, the memorial plaque entrusted to us by the 2/3 AHS Centaur Association was gently placed on the fore deck of the wreck of the Centaur. Incorporated in the plaque was a Roll of Honour with the names of all 268 men and women who perished when the Centaur was sunk. This plaque serves as a headstone for those entombed in this maritime grave.

The location where the plaque was laid – just starboard of the forward (No. 1) hatch opening – was chosen because it was deemed to be the most visible and permanent in keeping with the wishes of the Centaur Association.

For more detail on the placing of the plaque, read David Mearns diary for 12 January, 2010.

To see the plaque being placed on the deck, watch the video ON BOARD THE SEAHORSE SPIRIT WITH DAVID MEARNS.

2/3 AHS Centaur Association Plaque on deck

2-3 AHS Centaur Association Plaque on deck

AHS Centaur Plaque Blessing

AHS Centaur Plaque Blessing a

Centaur Association Plaque

Centaur Association Plaque

Centaur Stain Glass Window (bottom)

Centaur stain glass window bottom

Centaur Stain Glass Window (middle)

Centaur stain glass window middle

Centaur Stain Glass Window (top)

Centaur stain glass window top

Mearns & plaque

Mearns & plaque

Plaque handover to Major Dugdale

Plaque Handover to Major Dugdale 10 01 05 003

Centaur Associations’ Jan Thomas and Richard Jones hands over the plaque to Major Dugdale

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