From the Morning Star
PAUL SHAW explains why RMT Glasgow shipping branch is asking for your donations to finish a monument to the blockade runners
SOME 15 years ago, Ronnie Moran, then RMT Glasgow shipping branch secretary, was approached by renowned sculptor Frank Casey looking to honour the seafarers who formed the blockade runners to Spain during the Spanish civil war.
The branch (including its then chair and former secretary Stuart Hyslop) and the RMT Scottish regional council then formulated a plan to construct a memorial incorporating the sculpture that Casey would build to create a lasting memory to the seafarers dispatched to Spain to overthrow Francisco Franco’s fascist regime.
Casey stresses the importance of a lasting memorial, saying: “The ships that were part of the struggle to preserve the democratically elected Spanish republic in the face of Francoist aggression has largely gone unremarked.”
The ships that were part of the struggle to preserve the democratically elected Spanish republic in the face of Francoist aggression has largely gone unremarked
These small ships not only had the threat from insurgent Spanish warships to deal with but also Franco’s well-armed German and Italian allies.
In total 27 British-registered vessels were lost between 1936 and 1939 and are recognised by a plaque placed on the memorial.