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Reviewed January 27, 2017

The water lapping up on the figure in the water was haunting....I found it very moving. And beautiful. Definitely one of my favorite experiences of my trip to NYC.

The plaque said they were on a ship that had been torpedoed and they all ended up perishing after all. Crew on the U-Boat were photographing them. Just heartbreaking.

It's down in Battery Park. I had never heard of it before and was just walking around one rainy Sunday later afternoon. Saw some guys looking at something out in the water so went to investigate.

It was gut wrenching yet also in a way made me feel proud of all of the Americans that have sacrificed so much in the past, present, and future to try to keep the world free.

That's Ellis Island across the water in my photo.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Citprof
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Reviewed November 21, 2016

This memorial is remarkable in several respects, not least because of the pathos of the men and the great danger of their situation -- one that was shared by many thousands during World War II.

The effect of the tide is amazing. At low tide, much of the body of the man in the water is exposed; at high tide he is almost completely covered with water.

The back story is also amazing. The sculpture is based on a photograph of a cargo shipped taken by the captain of a German U-Boat which had sunk the ship and which would not take the men aboard, leaving them to their fate in the Atlantic.

In 1988, after an extensive competition, the artist Marisol Escobar (b. 1930), known as Marisol, was chosen to develop her design. Situated off-shore from the north end of Battery Park and just south of Pier A, the monument stands on a rebuilt stone breakwater in the harbor. The bronze figural group and boat are based on an actual historical event; during World War II, a Nazi U-boat attacked a merchant marine vessel, and while the mariners clung to their sinking vessel, the Germans photographed their victims. Marisol developed a series of studio sketches from this photograph, then fashioned a clay maquette as her winning design proposal for the monument. The work was dedicated on October 8, 1991.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank robcurtross
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Reviewed November 16, 2016

The bronze sculpture depicts four merchant seamen with their sinking vessel after it had been attacked by a U-boat during World War II. One of the seamen is in the water, and is covered by the sea with high tide. The sculpture is based on a real photograph of crewmen of the SS Muskogee that was taken by the commander of an attacking submarine. All seamen died at sea.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Olga S
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Reviewed October 6, 2016

The Memorial is based on an actual photo taken by a U-boat captain in WWII. I took a photo of the Memorial, with the Statue of Liberty on the left and Ellis Island on the right in the background of the photo.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Larry M
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

While in Battery Park (northern end on the waterfront) please take a moment look for this powerful monument to the Merchant Mariners lost during wartime. The sculpture is very evocative: the survivors of a shipwreck stretch down into the water to rescue their shipmate. Depending on the tide the drowning man's head may not be above water.

Although the Merchant Marine is not an official branch of the armed services, the Merchant Mariners in America have served in times of conflict since the Revolution. During World War II they suffered casualties at a greater rate than their counterparts in the armed forces. The sculpture is based on a photograph of the aftermath of the downing of an American merchant ship by a German U-boat during WWII.

Date of experience: August 2016
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