In memory of the who lost their lives in the Estonia catastrophe
Next to Galärvarvskyrkogården lies the Estonia memorial. The names of the 815 people who lost their lives when the cruise ship Estonia sank in 1994 are engraved in the monument. The monument itself if made of bright granite and was designed by the Polish sculptor Mirosław Bałka.
The basic mold is a triangle with an entrance from the short side and a stair leading up to Galärvarvskyrkogården. In the middle of the monument stands a tree with an iron ring at the bottom. Upon the ring are written the coordinates for the sinking place. The memorial was inaugurated on the third anniversary of the sinking on September 28th 1997 with a speech from the politician Birgitta Dahl.
The number of lost people are counted on the stone itself along with the line. “Deras namn och deras öde vill vi aldrig glömma” meaning “Their names and their fate we never want to forget”.