So, what took me to Dock Park in Dumfries yesterday? I went to look at the monument in the centre of the pic. Although I had visited the park before, I had completely missed the significance of this granite obelisk. Let me explain...
Some books I enjoy more than others. These days if I'm not enjoying a book after the first few pages, it just doesn't get finished. Life's too short! But I do enjoy a 'good read'. Occasionally I find a book which is impossible to put down once I've got into it. No work gets done until the book gets finished.
It is an incredible story. I'll not spoil it by giving any more details. Do read it yourself.
(As an aside, my curling friends will be interested in the role that the old Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax played following the disaster.)
Jock Hume and a steward, Thomas Mullin, were both from the Dumfries area, and I learned from the book that a sixteen foot granite obelisk had been erected in Dock Park in the town in their memory.
see here) have been the last tune the orchestra played. The monument was unveiled in a ceremony on May 31, 1913.
Christopher Ward describes the controversial awarding of the contract for the construction of the monument to a Manchester firm, Messrs Kirkpatrick Bros of Trafford Park, rather than a local company. The obelisk itself used 'the very best quality of Aberdeen granite'. The cost was £100.
1497 passengers and crew died in the North Atlantic on the night of April 14-15, 1912. Only 328 bodies were recovered. Hume and Mullin were among these and both are buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Photos © Skip Cottage