MV Prosperity Memorial
The memorial on the Lihou headland is for 18 sailors who lost their lives when their ship sank in stormy seas.
The MV (merchant vessel) Prosperity was a cargo transport built in 1943.
Georgios Kastellorizios captained the ship on what was to be her last voyage as the Prosperity was heading to a breaker's yard after delivering her cargo of timber.
It was the night of 16 Jan 1974 when her engine failed in stormy weather and she was driven onto La Conchée Reef and sank.
Wreaths laid at the memorial
All 18 crewmen, ranging in age from 20-year-old Mess Boy Butt Tario to 48-year-old Chief Engineer Nicolaos Ciaooudakis, were lost and the 16 bodies that came ashore were buried in the Foulon cemetery.
The cargo of timber was found spread along Guernsey's West Coast.
The memorial was built on the Lihou headland next to what became known as the Prosperity Memorial Car Park.
last updated: 20/02/2009 at 12:24