The Memorial consists of a pier, The Sunderland Memorial Pier, specially constructed for a Memorial Statue to stand at its end and be backgrounded by the sea and the mountains on the north west side of Tasman Bay.
It is a most impressive statue, depicting the strength of the seafaring man and carrying that strength through to a time of emergency, which is the theme behind the representation.
This Memorial is a National Memorial funded and set up by the seafaring and associated industries to acknowledge all those who have lost their lives at sea. All this has been set up by the organisations behind the enterprise under the name of the "Seafarers Memorial Trust", however, there is still a piece missing, the names of all those who gave their lives providing the advantages the sea makes available to a nation such as ours. This is where we need the assistance of all those who have lost relatives or shipmates and who would like that relative or shipmate.