Over the past few weeks, I have been engraving ships (not constantly, obviously!) By now, the Sea of Memories stands at about 60 ships. Today, I also sent the press release to the Ashton Memorial, because I will be there on the 10th of November, hoping that people will come with pictures, memories, letters, etc.

I wanted to post a blog to say that I am very much aware that this folly is different from the others. While I have proclaimed loud and clear that happy memories qualify just as much for the Sea of Memories as painful ones, I am conscious of the fact that the names on many of these ships illustrate somebody's loss, a gaping, painful hole that nothing, and certainly no little ship, can ever fill. The Sea of Memories was born from the idea to illustrate that such holes exist in most people's life, that, while we may feel alone in our grief, and nobody will ever stand in our shoes, others stand beside us. We may not know them, and even if we do, we may not know their history, their story, their loss. For most of the ships I have engraved so far, I was the stranger standing apart, somebody else's memories only a string of letters to me. Today, I stood a little closer. Today, the water to lubricate the engraver did not come from the tap, it came from my tears. And it made me aware that I would like to thank all of you, everybody who has trusted me with the name of a loved one, that even though I may not know the person the ship is for, even though I might not know you, I sincerely try to honour your memories, and I hope from the bottom of my heart that the Sea of Memories will do your memories justice.

Jo Walker
10/23/2012 10:11:37 pm

Thank you Sabine you put that so well. You have my Mums name on one of your little ships who died when i was 4 months pregnant with my first son and 14 years on i still have tears in my eyes when i speak of her, i still miss her greatly the thought of her and i not alone and with others in your sea is a small comfort :) xx

10/23/2012 10:18:19 pm

Thanks Jo, I am so glad that the idea behind the project is connecting with so many people.

10/23/2012 10:37:42 pm

You put that so beautifully Sabine xx
My soul mate is there, keeping other souls company xx

10/24/2012 12:25:57 am

Thank you so much xxx


Leave a Reply.