Memorial

Training ship disaster Training ship disaster

Monument: Training ship disaster

To the victims of the first Belgian training ship = 19 April 1906

Original inscription:

{every face except the front has a list of names which are now illegible}

AUX VICTIMES DU PREMIER NAVIRE ECOLE BELGE = 19 AVRIL 1906

Chosen as the featured memorial, May 03because we now have the list of the dead. On 19 April 1906 Belgium’s first training ship, the De Smet de Nayer, sank off the Bay of Biscay. There were survivors but Captain Fourcault and some of the crew and some of the 30-odd sea-scouts were lost. The ship was only 8 days into its maiden voyage, out of Antwerp. Enquiry revealed that as the ship took on water in high seas the pumps had failed.

Inaugurated on Belgium’s National Day, 21 July 1912.

The list of names on this monument are too weather damaged to be legible. We found the list of names in the Programme of the inauguration ceremony in the Archives de la Ville de Bruxelles.

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