Seward, Alaska, is a marine town that has depended on the sea for survival since 1792. Whaling, commercial fishing, sightseeing and military use all sustained the community. This dependence on the ocean has been cause for tragedy over time.As a tribute to mariners that have been lost to the sea, the Kenai Fjords Yacht Club, along with supporters including the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area, built a memorial overlooking the beautiful breakwater at Resurrection Bay.
The focal point of the memorial is a lighthouse and “widow’s walk,” which were completed in 2011. The memorial's compass rose surrounding the lighthouse will be completed in 2013. A wave wall, landscaping with benches and the statue of a woman looking out of the upper level of the lighthouse are also slated for construction.