Designed by Yorkshire-based sculptor Peter Naylor, the ‘Shiny Sheff’ is in the shape of a ship’s prow cutting through the waves. It was unveiled during a commemorative ceremony which took place on May 4 at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
William Cook used its state-of-the-art 3D printing and investment casting technologies to bring the artist’s vision to life. The company enlisted the support of Sheffield companies Tinsley Bridge, Outokumpu and Charles Day to create the work of art in response to a request from the HMS Sheffield Association, which raised the funds for the permanent memorial.
Chris Seymour, managing director of William Cook, said: “We answered the call to honour HMS Sheffield and those who served on her. We have great admiration for the men and women of the British armed forces who place themselves in harm’s way in the service of our country. We are very happy we have been able to help recognise their heroic contribution with this fitting memorial, which was made in Sheffield with stainless steel.”
The memorial is dedicated to those who served on the three HMS Sheffield ships between 1937-67, 1970-82 and 1986-2002.
Photography by Ian M Spooner.