HMS Dasher Memorial, South Beach 3                                                                  26 March 2006

On the afternoon of Saturday 27 March 1943, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Dasher was sailing in the Clyde Estuary between Ardrossan and Arran. At 4.40 pm, there was an enormous explosion. Within a short time, the ship sank. Of the 528 men on board, 379 were killed by the blast or drowned. The memorial stone and plaque, in the Sunken Gardens on South Beach, were unveiled on 27 March 1993, exactly fifty years after the tragedy. Every year since 2000, there has been a commemoration service on the Sunday of or before 27 March. The picture, taken during the 2006 service, shows Father Matt McManus of the Church of Saint Peter in Chains, leading the service. Refreshments were later served to participants in Saint Peter's Parish Centre.