Bishop Blesses Seafarers' Memorial

by Michael Ford last modified 20 May, 2015 01:30 PM

The Bishop of Salisbury joined Sir Ben Ainslie at Arundells, the former home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, on Friday (15 May 2015), in paying tribute to brave sailors lost at sea.

Bishop Blesses Seafarers' Memorial

The Bishop Blesses the Morning Cloud Memorial at Arundells, Salisbury

Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, unveiled the restored bow of ‘Morning Cloud’, a yacht owned by Sir Edward Heath, which was wrecked in a storm in the English Channel in September 1974. Two crew were lost: Nigel Cumming and Heath’s godson Christopher Chadd.

After languishing in a broker's yard for 15 years, the recovered bow section was bought by Sally Tattersall, owner of an Isle of Wight sailing business and a member of the Friends of Arundells. She offered it on permanent loan to the Trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, which manages Arundells in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury.

A simple ceremony was held in the garden, attended by Margaret Chadd, aged 92, the mother of Christopher and his brothers Jonathan and Sam.

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Sir Ben, who won medals at five consecutive Olympics including gold at the last four, said: "It is my privilege to unveil the restored bow section of the third Morning Cloud, it is an imaginative project and I know that it has only been made possible by the dedication of many individuals and companies. Most importantly it serves as a reminder of the tragic deaths of Nigel Cumming and Christopher Chadd.”

The Bishop quoted Psalm 107, the Prayer of Sir Francis Drake, and added: “Let us give thanks for the lives of Christopher Chadd and Nigel Cumming and, in remembering them today in this place, we ask God to bless their memorial.”

Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman-designate of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, commented: “The restored bow of Morning Cloud reminds us of the central role that sailing played in Ted’s life and of his considerable achievements as a yachtsman.”

Jonathan Chadd said: “The Chadd family has been fully supportive of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation Trustees in creating, in these beautiful and peaceful gardens, a most fitting memorial to Christopher and his fellow crew member Nigel Cumming, who lost their lives when Morning Cloud sank.”

Sally Tattersall added, “I’m very proud that it’s here. It’s had a long journey and, hopefully, this is its resting place, in a lovely dell. It’s beautiful! I think it should be here. It’s right that it came here.”

Arundells, a beautiful 18th Century house part of which dates back to the 13th century and its two acre walled garden, is the only residence of a British Prime Minister which remains largely as it was when he was alive.

The bow will be on public display in a secluded area of Arundells’ gardens.

www.arundells.org

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