The Seward Mariners’ Memorial originally began as a project following Seward’s Centennial anniversary in 2003. In 2006 the City of Seward donated an area of land 100’X100’ on the uplands breakwater that protects the Seward Small Boat Harbor. This project took a great deal of patience, footwork and passion to see it through and became a community and statewide endeavor to see it to completion. Now that the memorial has reached its completion, the site is home to a lighthouse that houses the names of mariners lost at sea or who have passed on after a lifetime of love for the ocean. The lighthouse is surrounded by a beautiful brick inlaid compass rose bordered by a “wave wall” that serves as a windbreak and bears the names of donors and financial contributors.
The Mariners’ garden is a well thought-out natural area accompanying the wave wall with large decorative boulders protecting the hardy plants that have recently been established at the harbor entrance. The site not only provides a beautiful location to reflect for friends and families of lost loved ones, but also offers a terrific view looking down Resurrection Bay and the opportunity to watch wildlife and boats coming to and from the harbor.