We Remember: September 3rd is Merchant Navy Day

During the Second World War, thousands of New Zealand seafarers volunteered to serve in the Merchant Navy.

They sailed shipments of fuel, food and other essential supplies across the world, and delivered troops and military equipment where they were needed. 

The work was important and extremely dangerous. 4,700 Allied merchant ships were sunk during the conflict, and 30,000 Allied merchant seamen lost their lives.

This included New Zealand ships like the Turakina and the Limerick, and at least 140 Kiwi merchant seafarers were killed with a similar number taken prisoner.

The merchant navy faced greater danger than any other group of New Zealand civilians. Their sacrifice and heroism will be remembered forever.

Merchant Navy Day is being commemorated at the below times and locations on Sunday September 3rd.

The exception is Nelson, where due to scheduling issues the ceremony is on Saturday September 2nd.

Auckland: 11am

The Maritime Room

Princes Wharf, Corner Quay and Hobson Street

Tauranga: 2pm

Sulphur Point

Hatupatu Drive

Napier: 11am

Taradale RSA

156 Gloucester St, Taradale

Wellington: 11am

National War Memorial

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

RSVP by Monday 28 August to ensure seating

Telephone 04 817 8910 or email: vco.rsvp@dia.govt.nz

Nelson: 11am

(Note: This event takes place on Saturday)

Anzac Park

Between Haven Road and Rutherford Street

Lyttelton: 2pm

Lyttelton War Memorial Cenotaph

Albion Square

Bluff: 11am

Maritime Museum

241 Foreshore Road

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