The Clasped Hands memorial that stands beside the road to the lighthouse proves that seafaring disasters are not always a thing of the past. The sculpture was created by Derek Tristram from a perfect piece of granite that had previously been in the Harbour wall, and was unveiled on April 17th 1997 by former Senator Tony Chinn.
It records the St.Malo disaster, in 17thApril 1995, when a Channiland catamaran, the St.Malo, en route for Guernsey and Sark, struck La Frouquie rock, 900 metres north of La Corbiere. Due to the ship’s position, and the fact it was an Easter Bank Holiday, the rescue services arrived very quickly and all 307 passengers and crew were rescued safely.
© Arthur Lamy